This beautiful early 19th C New Hall prow or boat shaped porcelain tea pot is decorated with hand painted gilding and 4 different rural bat prints. It is about 11" long and 5-3/4" high. It dates c. 1805, before the company stopped making hard paste porcelain, and changed to bone china.
It is in excellent condition. The only wear to the gilding is at the end of the spout, and mid-handle. There is a small "in the making" firing crack where the handle was attached to the upper rim. Please see the close-up photo. There are no other chips, cracks, crazing or repairs.
The teapot is marked on the base with the pattern number 462, and what appears to be the painted " f " mark which is Godden's mark 4403 for New Hall.
A photo of this pattern (462) can be found on page 125, plate 60 of " A Guide to New Hall Porcelain Patterns" by A. de Saye Hutton. Pattern 462 is also described on page 28 in that book.
For other examples of this teapot, please see "New Hall Porcelains" by Geoffrey A. Godden. Page 330, plates 314 and 315; page 336, plate 321; and page 337, plate 322.
In the book, "A Directory of British Teapots", by Michael Berthoud & Richard Maskell, see page 131. They call this teapot shape "The Oval Shape with Rising Cape". Their plate 781 again shows the maker to be New Hall, Shelton, c.1805.
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