British paneled flow blue teapot in the "Excelsior" pattern.
The scenic transfer decoration is a depiction of classical architecture surrounded by water. There are trees at the left of the design. Although it is not obvious (due to the dark color and flowing of the pattern), there are three figures, a man, woman and child, in the foreground.
The name of the pattern on this teapot can be determined by consulting a number of reference books (Petra Williams, Mary Frank Gaston, et al.); the pattern was used by one manufacturer, Thomas Fell (St Peter's Pottery) of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, between 1817 and 1890. The bottom of the pot is marked only with what appears to be an impressed "I" and the number "10" printed. There is one additional printed mark that is either incomplete or blurred enough to be illegible.
The molding on both the pot and the lid is well defined and generally clean. The glaze is uneven in places. The pot measures approximately 9" H x 10" W x 6" D and weighs two pounds, ten ounces.
Condition: good for its age and clean, with limited repairs. The pieces show clear signs that they were used at one time. There are two hairline cracks -- one running about a third the way around the foot (which has light staining), and another directly above it, running roughly parallel with the widest point of the body. The latter is visible mostly from the inside, but is nearly impossible to photograph clearly. It is about 2.5" long on the interior and about 1.5" on the outside (although it is not easy to see due to the dark transfer pattern). Another very fine crack can be seen inside the foot ring above the impressed "I." All cracks appear to be tight and not in imminent danger of widening. There is one significant chip to the end of the spout which has become stained over the years. There is one small flake to the mouth of the pot where the lid rests. The only other significant chips are on the lid, and both of these are along the edge. The larger of these has been (unprofessionally) touched up, and we managed to remove part of this (unintentionally) when we cleaned the piece before we photographed it.
Flow blue teapots are rare in comparison to plates, cups and saucers. The wonderful color and shape of this piece would make it a nice addition to a collection of "Excelsior" pattern pottery.
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