Large Staffordshire earthenware coffeepot in medium blue transfer, in the "Lady of the Lake" pattern. The pattern name is printed in blue transfer on the underside of the foot on a banner.
The pattern name apparently refers to a poem of the same name by Sir Walter Scott. Although it is practically forgotten today, the poem was very popular in the early 1800s -- an early best seller.
We would identify the maker of this piece as "unknown," but the theme and style of the decoration appear to put the time and place of manufacture in the first half of the 19th century, most likely Staffordshire, England. The "Lady of the Lake" transfer pattern is based on the engravings of drawings by Richard Westall.
The coffee pot measures 11" tall x 6.5" deep x 10.75" wide.
Condition: very good for its age. The piece shows a number of the typical signs of having been used at some time in the past: the glaze has worn away in places along the bottom edge of the lid, and there are a couple of tiny flakes to the top edge of the pot. There are spots of wear on raised areas on the handle, and several small (old) chips to the end of the spout. There is a "crow's foot" near the bottom of the handle. Otherwise, we have identified no repairs or restorations.
The bold pattern and good condition of this pot should make it a nice addition to a collection of blue and white transfer ware.
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