A small white-bodied teapot with a silk / matt black exterior glaze. The teapot has glaze resist areas containing line drawing prints of classical figures. On the obverse side a robed Greek woman is held in the arms of several servants / hand-maids and is apparently swooning or unconscious or possibly dying / dead? Another maiden to her right holds a baby to her shoulder. On the left a warrior with a round shield rides a two-horse chariot away in the distance. A further woman in the left foreground with her back to us, wrings her hair as she watches the warrior depart.
The scene on the reverse side shows a standing warrior with crested helmet, spear in hand and a round shield behind him, with a woman crying into his shoulder. To their right a robed woman holds a baby. There is a four column building (a temple?) behind her in the distance.
There are painted gold highlights around the lip of spout, edge and outer handle, the teapot rim, the lid finial and above and below the Greek key borders on lid and lower body. The lid has a spherical finial which is centrally pierced. The spout has a hand-pierced seven hole strainer in a round formation.
Although not marked, this pattern is known to have been produced by F. & R. Pratt of the Fenton works, Staffordshire. Famous for their production of multi-colour printed pot lids. Made c.1850-1870.
125mm highest to top of lid finial.
Perfect condition structurally but with very minor marks and rubs to the matt glaze and decoration.