Small black basalt teapot with arabesque scroll flower sprigs. Wheel thrown low squat round form with rouletted beading and ‘egg and groove’ around shoulder and lid. Body has background gauze pattern. Moulded handle with partial fluting and no terminals. Spout has simple acanthus leaf moulding. Lid has button finial with central piercing. Internal simple hand-pierced 9 hole strainer. Distinctive high collar / gallery neck.
The base has a feint impressed mark CYPLES, which is most likely to refer to Lydia Cyples who ran the pottery in Staffordshire from 1812-1834 as one of the earliest female master potters in the district.
Pot ID: AP/1073
Dimensions: 81 mm high (to top of lid finial).
Net Weight (grams): 249
Excellent overall with just a few tiny fleabites on spout and one tiny shallow chip on rim.