Here is an antique and very engaging cylindrical creamware teapot attributed to the Melbourne Pottery with two precisely printed transfers: one of some birds near a fence and another of a mother promenading with her two children in front of a Chinese Chippendale style fence. I don’t know what connection the two prints have with each other, but I have seen a sugar bowl (attributed to the Melbourne Pottery) with these exact same prints—perhaps from the same set as this teapot. It is seven and three-quarter inches across, and the lid has one leaf replaced. Also minor edge damage to the lid. The Melbourne site was discovered in the mid-20th century about eight miles south of Derby. It seems to have started around 1760 and produced cream ware until about 1780, but most ceramics encyclopedias don't even have an entry for this little-known factory. H.G. Bradley in “Ceramics of Derbyshire” illustrates a number of its cream ware pieces and says that the wares are always of high quality.
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