A vintage Wedgwood, Napleon Ivy design, teapot from the Potteries in Staffordshire, England. The Napoleon Ivy pieces are highly collectible and in great demand.
Wedgwood began production of its Napoleon Ivy pattern in 1815 and retired this pattern in 2003. It features a cream-colored background with a border of ivy leaves, ranging from dark forest green to a lighter grassy green, and stems painted in such realistic detail that the texture of the foliage emerges. Josiah Wedgwood first introduced his cream-colored earthenware body in the 1760s , after perfecting the process and creating a new benchmark for all ceramics. He presented Queen Charlotte with a tea service in this new body, and she loved it so much that she asked him to call it Queen’s Ware, which is what the style is still referred to as today. The mark on the backside of this pattern reads, “Napoleon Ivy, as used by Napoleon at St. Helena, 1815, Wedgwood, England”. This pattern was used by Napoleon at St. Helena in 1815, while in exile on this south Atlantic island.
The maker's mark to the bottom is for the post 1940 period (Printed mark on creamwares and Queens ware in colour. The ® denoting a registered brand name).
Size : 24 cm. ( 9 29/64" ) wide , from spout to handle. 15.3 cm. ( 6 1/32") tall.
Weight : 779 g. ( 1 Lb. 11.5 Oz. ).
Condition : very good - no chips or cracks.
Wedgwood , 'Napoleon Ivy' vintage teapot.