This is a charming 1930s Gloria shape Teapot and Vegetable Bowl by Edwin Knowles. Soft pink apple blossoms on branches with green and gray leaves dominate the front and back of the teapot and bend gracefully around the sides. The square cover has matching blossoms and buds in each of the four corners, but the real charm of the decoration on this teapot is its emerald green trim. The rim, gently scalloped foot, spout, and curly handle are all trimmed in cheerful green. The cover also has the green trim around the gently lobed edges and the darling four-lobed finial which is also outlined at its leaf-shaped base.
The matching bowl has the same soft pink apple blossoms dominating the inside of one side of the bowl and bending gracefully up over the rim. The opposite side has matching blossoms on the rim at the two corners, and the rim is edged in green.
This sweet vintage teapot measures 6-inches across the widest part, 9-1/2 inches across the spout and handle. The square cover is 4-3/8 inches across. It is 4-1/4 inches tall, 6-inches with the cover. The vegetable bowl is 8-1/2 inches across and 2-3/8 inches deep.
There are no marks on the teapot, but the matching bowl is marked with the black underglaze Edwin Knowles Ship Mark. The words "Edwin M. Knowles China Co." arch over the ship, with "32-7 Gloria" indicating the year of manufacture and the shape.
As expected with its 1932 vintage, the set has some signs of age. The lid of the teapot has heavy crazing with some yellowing. The teapot itself does not appear to have crazing, but there is a small silver paint stain near the top, and a chip on the underside of the foot that does not impact stability. The cover does not fit tightly, but this would have been done in the manufacture. The bowl is very heavily crazed with brown discoloration and there is minor wear on the green trim.
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