This is a beautiful and somewhat unusual pink luster teapot dating to around the mid 1800’s. The teapot is hand painted in pink and has a decorative pattern in dark and light blues. The teapot has an unusual scalloped base or foot and there is floral embossing along the edge. The handle is ornately decorated and highlighted with pink lustre. The spout is shaped in the form or a dragon and beautifully highlighted with pink lustre. The teapot has a collar of pointed edges highlighted with pink lustre. The lid has an ornate and unusual finial also highlighted with pink luster. The teapot measures approximately 7 ¾” at its tallest point and 11 ½” from its handle to the tip of its spout. It does have condition problems. The spout was restored and the color of the repair on bottom of the spout is not white, but rather a pinkish color. There is a significant hairline in the bottom of the teapot that runs about ¾ of the diameter of the pot. There are several faint hairlines around the rim opening and there is light crazing in the glaze. There is a large chip on the inside of the lid. Given that this is such an unusual and beautifully decorated piece it would make a fine shelf piece and a nice addition to a collection. Lustreware was made in Mesopotamia and Persia as early as the 8th century. Its production spread through the Near East and then into Spain and from there into Italy in the 15th and 16th centuries. By the 19th century numerous potteries in Staffordshire and Sunderland were producing lustreware.
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