An early globular or egg shaped lead-glaze Pearlware Staffordshire Teapot with overglaze Chinoiserie decoration. The teapot dates c. 1795, and while the form is relatively common, the overglaze chinoiserie decoration of a woman with a parasol and a Chinese house is not. The teapot measures about 6 ½” high and the handle to spout distance is about 8 ½”. Very strong overglaze enamel decoration with vibrant colors and virtually no flaking (a tiny bit on the woman’s skirt). The teapot is in very fine condition: there are no cracks or lines. There is a professionally restored chip to the underside of the spout – probably what kept the piece in such fine condition since it could not be used to pour tea so it was stored away in a closet or pantry and did not get banged-up with normal use.
This teapot is out of the Chappell collection of fine ceramics, and is ex. Rob Hunter. This very teapot is pictured in the 2001 edition of , Ceramics in America, Chipstone Foundation, Robert Hunter, Editor, p. 144.