“Dieu et mon droit” was originally adopted by King Henry V of England as his motto in the 15th century, and through the centuries it came to stand for the divine right of monarchs to rule their people. Today it is still the official motto of the British monarch. Literally it means “God and my right (hand).” This Staffordshire teapot proclaims this motto in ribbons applied on each side, along with several other emblems associated with the king: the crowned lion and the unicorn from the Royal Arms, plus the five-lobed Tudor rose. Certainly a very patriotic theme for a teapot, and it may have been specially ordered by a customer with royal connections, if not perhaps a member of the royal family. Redware with emblems from the Royal Arms appears to be exceedingly rare. From shards found at Fenton Vivian, it’s known that Thomas Whieldon made saltglaze and redware items with appliques of the royal arms, but not exactly the same as these. Three chips on the rim of the lid have repairs but these could be improved. Otherwise this is in excellent condition with only slight surface wear. A bright and shiny teapot. The photos make it look orange, but in reality it is dark cinnamon brown in color. It is four and a half inches high.
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