A Davenport matt black ground transfer printed, hand coloured and gilded pottery teapot. This nice quality antique decorative earthenware "melon" shaped tea pot is decorated with hand coloured flowers, the primary ones look like peonies however, the Transfer-ware Collectors club have an assigned name of "Chrysanthemum Floral Spray". There is a small printed stylised butterfly to the front of the spout. It is hand coloured in poly-chrome enamels with gilding to the rim, lid finial and spout rim. This small or bachelor size teapot dates to the mid 19th century during the reign of Queen Victoria circa 1860.
This teapot is unmarked apart from the remnants of a pattern number or painters mark on the base. It is a design well documented as being that of Davenport of Longport, Staffordshire, England.
A similar shaped 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.
Also see the website http://printedbritishpotteryandporcelain.com/what-did-they-make/pottery-item/teapot-28
The teapot is in very good antique condition, there is some glaze flaking to the end of the spout and a glazed over chip to the underside of the lid rim. There is some very minor rubbing or marking to the enamel and gilding. Please see the images.
Overall Height 4 inches ( 10 cm)
Diameter 4 inches ( 10 cm)
Length 6 1/2 inches ( 16.5 cm)
Weight 338 grammes unpacked