Offered here is a sweet Romeo and Juliet Teapot of the William Shakespeare Series by Sadler, England. This charming collectible teapot depicts the detailed stage setting of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet in pastel colors of pinks, blues, and greens, which work surprisingly well with the vibrant red theater curtains that frame the ill-fated couple. The rose-decorated scene is repeated on the back the teapot, and the scalloped upper rim frames the masks of Comedy and Tragedy and the title “Romeo and Juliet” within an oval frame. The base of the teapot pays tribute to the author with “William Shakespeare 1564-1616.” The cover depicts swags of the same red draperies, all trimmed in golden yellow. The top of the cover has a circlet of matching drapery festoons, and the top finial, handle, and embossed spout are all generously gold-trimmed.
This beautiful teapot measures 6-1/2 inches tall with the lid (4-5/8 without) by 7-3/4 inches long across the handle and spout and 3-3/4 inches wide.
It is extensively marked in black with the Sadler Ribbon and Crown Mark that reads "Sadler, Made in England. Romeo and Juliet O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? …O, be some other name! What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; 4445 Reg. Design No. 2010603” This registration number dates the teapot to 1990 or 1991.
There are a few tiny spots of wear in the design, but nothing large enough to detract from this charming scene. There are no other condition issues.
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