Davenport Chrysanthemum Floral Spray Cylindrical Teapot Black Antique c 1860
A Davenport matt black ground underglaze blue transfer printed, hand coloured pottery teapot. This nice quality antique decorative earthenware "cylindrical" shaped tea pot is decorated with hand coloured enamel flowers, the primary ones look like peonies however, the Transfer-ware Collectors club have an assigned name of "Chrysanthemum Floral Spray". There also a number of other small printed flowers around the body and an acanthus leaf to the back of the handle. It is hand coloured in poly-chrome enamels with red enamel to the rim, lid finial handle and spout rim. The base of the body and lid both have an underglaze blue faux marbling effect. This small or bachelor size teapot dates to the mid 19th century during the reign of Queen Victoria circa 1860.
This teapot is marked DAVENPORT in a style that was used from 1830s to the 1880s, This is a design well documented as being that of Davenport of Longport, Staffordshire, England.
See mark E10 in Davenport Ceramic Marks 1794 -1887 by Charles Duckworth.
A similarly decorated teapot is illustrated in plate 2050, on page 342 of "A Directory of British Teapots" by Michael Berthoud and Richard Maskell. Identified as Davenport Longport c 1860.
A similar but smaller version see: http://www.sothebys.com/cn/auctions/ecatalogue/2014/arts-europe-l14301/lot.212.html.html
The teapot is in very good antique condition, there are filled and disguised chips to the lid, one large one on the top three small ones underneath (restored). There is some very minor rubbing or marking to the enamel and black glazed finish. Please see the images.
Overall Height 3 1/2 inches ( 8.9 cm)
Diameter 3 7/8 inches ( 9.8 cm)
Length 7 1/4 inches ( 18.4 cm)
Weight 391 grammes unpacked