This gorgeous teapot was made by John Yates, Shelton, Staffordshire, about 1825. It is about 10-1/2" long. The Yates pattern number, 1391, is handpainted in red on the base.
The collar of the teapot is molded in the distinctively Yates oak and mistletoe motif. Examples of this teapot form can be found in the Yates chapter of "Staffordshire Porcelains", edited by Geoffrey Godden.
Other examples of this shape by Yates can be found in " A Directory of British Teapots" by Berthoud & Maskell, plate 1678, and on the Norwich Castle Museum website.
The condition is very good. There is no wear to the profuse gilding. Both spout and finial are in excellent condition. There is crazing, especially noticeable on the base and around the rim of the top of the pot. There is a hairline crack on the handle (below where it is joined to the pot). No repairs. Neither top nor pot ring when tapped. The teapot displays beautifully.
Please note, I currently have the matching sucrier for sale here in my shop. And also, a Yates creamer in the same colors, but slightly different pattern.