This is an American Belleek hard paste porcelain teapot, entirely hand painted. The date is circa 1879 to 1912.
The teapot is 6” high and 6 ¼” from spout-to-handle.
The teapot is painted in the style of the Chicago Studio Artists. The glaze is cream. Around the top of the pot, on the spout, and on the lid, are pink chrysanthemums, or perhaps roses, except the leaves are similar to chrysanthemum leaves. The stems do not have thorns. The leaves are green, pink and yellow. Around the neck the pot is gilded with a black outline. The gilding covers the handle. The edge of the spout is gilded along with the edge of the lid and the finial.
The shape is interesting, round, with a short spout. A strainer is part of the interior of the spout.
There are a few nicks on the edge of the rim that are covered with the original gold by the artist, so produced and sold this way. There are black smudges on the gold trim on the handle and neck. There are no chips, cracks or crazing.
The mark is the looped ribbon with Belleek above and Willets below. There is hand lettering of “L-L” and “419.”
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