Of the English producers of porcelain, the Royal Crown Derby works may not be the best-known, but its output had the highest reputation across three centuries.
Derby was best-known for its "Japanese pattern" or "Old Imari" designs, which were hand-painted onto Derby's pure-white porcelain body in cobalt, iron red and gold. In addition to full-size pieces, at the turn of the 20th century, Derby also made miniatures which were as carefully and intricately-painted as their full-scale pieces.
The Milbourns, experts on English miniatures, who had a decided bias towards 18th and 19th items, can only denigrate Derby's miniatures by saying that they are "Over luscious, particularly in their extensive gilding." ("Understanding Miniature British Pottery and Porcelain", p 75).
Here we have a miniature teapot by Derby. The lid is removable and there is a pierced hole from the interior to the spout, which makes it functional.
It is 2.375" tall to the top of the handle. 2.25" from end to end.
Condition: there are minor losses to the gilding on either side of the piece. When we acquired it, there was adhesive residue on these sports, which suggests that the losses were do to tape used to hold the lid in place.
Mark: Royal Crown Derby England with a crown in red. Date mark for 1906. Interior of lid is also marked.
Item ID: 2263