Cyples Egyptian Black Sprigged Baluster Shaped Teapot Eagle Antique c 1830
A late Georgian to William IV Egyptian black or "shining black" glazed basalt stoneware bodied round baluster shaped teapot with a low pedestal base and domed lid. The tea pot has been engine turned and then sprigged with a band of embossed flowers and a beaded rim. The spout is moulded with feathers with the top made to look like a birds head. The moulded scroll loop handle has been surmounted with an eagle. Internally there is a nine hole strainer. The domed lid has also been engine turned and has a bird in flight finial.
This small or bachelor size tea pot was produced by Lydia Cyples of Cyples pottery, Market Street, Lane End, (Later Longton, now part of Stoke on Trent) Staffordshire, England (she operated from 1812-1834). It is impress marked on the base Cyples in capital letters. This style of teapot was popular in the early 19th century around 1830 (1825-35).
The teapot body is in very good antique condition, with no cracks nor restoration, there are three tiny chips to the underside of the rear of the foot rim. There are filled and disguised chips to the rim of the lid (old restoration) and the bird finial is also restored. Please see the images.
A similar shaped teapot is illustrated in plate 1533, on page 256 of "A Directory of British Teapots" by Michael Berthoud and Richard Maskell.
Overall Height 5 1/8 inches ( 13 cm)
Diameter 4 1/2 inches ( 11.4 cm)
Length 7 3/4 inches ( 19.7 cm)
Weight 401 grammes unpacked