This is a large family-size French Limoges hard paste porcelain teapot, tea pot, or coffee pot. The maker is Bawo & Dotter, Elite Works. The date is circa 1896 to 1914.
This pot is visually stunning with respect to the shape, the detail of the blank, and the gold application. It would look elegant with any dinnerware set, by any region, maker or date.
The pot is 8 ¾” high to the top of the finial and 9 ¾” wide from spout-to-handle.
I love this shape. And the maker kept it simple, with just the gold, so as to showcase the beauty of the shape. To the sides of the handle, where the top meets the body, leaves and stems run down the body on each side, in raised relief and outlined in gold. The handle has a thumb rest at the top, surrounded by little bumps, all painted in gold, and with wide and thin bands of gold on the rest of the handle. Where the handle meets the body at the top and bottom, is also outlined in gold. The bulging belly moves to a flared neck with swirled ridge detail. The bottom of the neck has a gleaming wide band of gold. The mouth has a thin line of gold. The lid matches the neck, with swirled raised lines in the porcelain. The finial matches the thumb rest on the handle and has more gold paint. The spout is beautiful too, graceful, with raised detail in the blank that is meticulously outlined in gold.
The mouth on the underside of the lid is unglazed and there is one small indentation in the bisque, and it is probably part of the manufacturing process. There are no nicks, chips, cracks or crazing. All of the gold is impeccable with just a bit of wear at the thumb rest.
The interior has a built-in strainer to hold the tea leaves and the lid has a drilled hole for the release of steam.
The underglaze impressed mark is B & D over L over Depose.
French Limoges Gorgeous Large Teapot or Coffee Pot White Gold c 1896 - 1914