An Early & Very Rare Scenic
in Dark Blue
' Tower Scene with Figures &
Possibly by Enoch Wood &
A Very Early Staffordshire Historical Dark Blue Transfer
Printed Pattern circa 1820. We're not familiar with the pattern and
have not identified the maker, possibly Ralph Stevenson or Enoch Wood. The
teapot is not marked except for a very tiny impressed circular mark on the
The pattern depicts a seated figure fishing along the bank
of a body of water. Another figure stands facing the fisherman and
has one arm raised pointing away. There is a distant view of mountains, possibly
pallisades or cliffs, a tower with ruins stands on a spit of land and there
is a single sailboat. Heavy foliage overhangs the scene. There
are small and large flower blossoms on the cape, the sides of the shoulder,
the front of the spout and the lid.
Besides the pattern being quite rare, there is an aspect
of the moulded design of this teapot that is also quite exceptional. The
cape has a deeply fluted edge all the way around, quite raised and high at
the front, slighty lower at the back and very low at either side. Most
teapots of this era are either smooth along the cape edge or scalloped, but
not inwardly fluted. Also, the spout has a moulded line along either
side of the back and a lovely little 'fold-over' at the top back of the spout.
Perhaps these details are a good clue to the maker. The rest of the
body follows the traditonal shape of Staffordshire teapots from this era,
having high shoulders, nipped in at the waist and a gentle curve to the thumb
piece of the handle.
This has an exceptionally well matched printed transfer
design. It is of superior quality both in the modeling of the body
and the depth of color.
Size: 12" from spout to handle - 5-1/2" across - 7-1/2"
high to top of finial on lid - 6-1/4" to top of
We put an ultraviolet light on the body of the teapot and
there are no chips, no cracks no damage, and no repairs, it is in excellent
condition. When examining the lid with an ultraviolet light the
interior of the lid did fluoresce, there is a faint yellowish tinge, so there
has been professional restoration at some point in it's past 180+ years,
but still there is no visible sign of repair.
A Beautifully Antique Staffordshire Historical Dark Blue
Teapot from circa 1820!