Large earthenware teapot in dark blue transfer, made in Staffordshire, England between about 1820-1850. The pattern name and maker cannot be identified.
The transfer decoration features buildings in a pseudo-Chinese style in the central portion of the design. These are surrounded by a decidedly 19th-century English style floral border.
The pot and lid are not marked, making it necessary for us to list the maker as "unknown," but the exaggerated proportions of the handle and the extra-large cape over the spout, as well as the deep blue color of the transfer suggest that the pot possibly was made by Enoch Wood and Sons. That company operated in Burslem between 1818 and 1846, and produced large quantities of transfer wares that were exported to North America, a great deal of which featured American landscapes, portraits of the Founding Fathers and heroes of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.
The overall dimensions are almost 12" wide x 8-1/4" high x 5-3/4" deep. The teapot weighs two pounds, 13 ounces.
The pot is in reasonably good condition for its age, with several small chips around the mouth (where the lid rests) and on the end of the spout. The glaze, although crazed in many places, is still quite shiny and the deep blue design makes a bold decorative statement. The color and pattern on the outside renders several hairline cracks in the piece nearly invisible without the aid of a strong light and a magnifying lens. The cracks are best seen from the interior of the pot, and they seem to be tight and not likely to worsen unless knocked about. The knop on the lid appears to be original, although there are several chips along the edges. There is one chip on the lid that has been touched up with filler and paint, and several smaller ones. The handle has been repaired after a break at the top. There is flaking away of the glaze in one area and a surface repair to another along the ridge near the top of the pot; and yet another spot with touch-up on the printed buildings on one side. As is typical with pearlware made in Staffordshire in the early 19th Century, there is an area or two of head separations in the earthenware. The latter is not considered damage.
Despite the flaws, still a very pretty piece for display.
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