A small child’s size pearlware teapot. Wheel thrown then turned. It is decorated with a black transfer print repeated on obverse and reverse sides, depicting a young girl with an animal on lead beside her. It is not easy to determine if the animal is a sheep, a goat, or a dog? There are buildings in the scene including a crenellated tower and a (loosely) ‘Parthenon’ type building (?). Many parts of the teapot (inside rim, handle, and spout) have snippets of transfers added purely as decoration that may have come, at least in part, from other transfer designs. The lid has the same transfer design as the teapot inner rim and the finial is pierced, however it is a poor fit, which may possibly indicate it comes from the sucrier of the same tea set. The lid has a turned acorn finial. The teapot foot is turned, as is the recessed base. The transparent pearlware type glaze has a slight blue colour tinge where it pools. The internal hand-pierced strainer has 6 holes in an inverted triangle formation.
The base has a small black transfer printed mark which looks like a cross inside a circle.
A different teapot but with the same transfer design is shown in “An Anthology of British Teapots” (1985, Miller. P.337, pl.2021). He states that the illustrated pot was “Godwin earthenware, c.1835, black printed pattern. A similar pot noted with a mark incorporating ‘G'”.
Pot ID: AP/1563
Dimensions: 70 mm high to top of rim. 90 mm high to top of finial.
Net Weight (grams): 254
Spout lip missing. Four chips on rim ranging from small glaze rubs to medium size. A few very minor glaze fleabites on handle. Foot has a shallow chip on underside inside. Lid has approximately 7 chips around the outer rim. The lid finial is poorly re-stuck (glued).