Antique Victorian Small Teapot Chinoiserie Transferware Gourd Shape c 1870 Till
A small size earthenware teapot dating from around 1870 and with an attractive transfer printed chinoiserie scene showing two Chinese men smoking in a garden.
The teapot is 4 1/4 inches high and has a gourd shape. The design is printed on both sides and has been hand coloured in coloured glazes including orange lustre. There is a printed patterned border on the lid, knob, spout and handle with lustred highlighting. The teapot has no makers marks other than pattern number 663 over 3 , no other indication of the maker as are many pottery items dating from this period, but it was probably produced by one of the Staffordshire factories, possibly Thomas Till who made similar wares.
The teapot weighs 296g and is in good antique condition with just a small glaze chip at the rim , a couple of tiny chips at the spout and a hairline inside the lid. This is a very nice item for any collector.
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