A large Staffordshire pearl ware coffee pot in blue transfer. The pattern name is unknown.
The coffee pot has a domed lid with an acorn finial. The spout is molded with reeded and leaf details, and the handle has molded details inspired by leaves or feathers. The piece is decorated with transfer floral and fruit bands, and the main decoration is made up of two wide bands of scenic views of temples and other South Asian architecture with soldiers in the foreground of one view and an elephant bearing a howdah containing passengers in another.
The piece measures 11.5" tall x 6.25" deep x 10.75" wide over all.
The only mark on the pot is a single transfer-printed "A" on the underside of the foot. As with the pattern name, the maker is also unknown, but the vase type shape and medium blue color of the decoration seem to indicate it dates from the second half of the 19th century.
Condition: good, but with some repairs. There are two small chips to the top edge of the pot, and some damage to the end of the spout. The spout has been reattached to the body of the pot and re-glued. The end of the spout looks like it has been touched up. The finial has been re-glued to the lid. There is some crazing in the glaze and staining to the earthenware on the lid where it fits into the pot.
Though a little battered, the piece should still make a nice decorative statement.
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