A dry-bodied (unglazed) black basalt teapot of oblong form with gadroon type moulding around the lid, shoulder, lower body and spout. The neck has moulded grapevine decoration. The central body has moulded strawberry plants. The handle is ‘ear’ shaped with acanthus leaf moulding at top and lower section with flutes between.
Recessed base without any marks. Spout has an internal domed strainer. The lid is pierced and has a flower head finial.
This teapot is shown in the Leeds Pottery Pattern Book. Many factories produced virtually identical designs (including Riley etc.) but this example is probably Leeds.
There are examples of very similar teapots shown in:-
‘An Anthology of British Teapots’, Miller (1985), p.233, pl.1396.
‘The Makers of Black Basalt’, Grant (1967), p.355, pl.LXXXIX, fig.2.
One of the petals on lid finial is chipped off. Several chips on lid outer rim. Piece of spout lip is missing. A flake chip on gallery rim plus several minor chips on inner rim. There is a tight hairline confined to the base only.