Studio Pottery Teapot in Grey with Stylised Foliate Motif (TT Monogram)
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This is a charming and highly attractive example of a studio pottery teapot, maker unknown.
The teapot is of classic form, with a flattened globular body that tapers in towards the base. The short spot has been drawn out of the body, and the strap-like handle has been separately applied. It is decorated with concentric bands of inky blue around the aperture. The body is glazed in a speckled grey, which has a stylised foliate motif in blue and brown. There are some areas of the body showing through within this motif. There are two further concentric rings of blue and a thickened one of brown just above the base. The latter is unglazed, revealing the underlying ceramic body to be dark beige in colour.
The lid is of discoid form with a central drawn flattened knop. It is also glazed in brown and grey. There is a small hole off centre to allow for the escape of steam.
The piece is impressed below the lowermost attachment for the handle. It appears to be ‘TT’ within a circle. This mark is similar to that used by Tricia Thom, but having spoken to the artist she confirms it is not a piece of her work.
It has a maximum height (to the spout) of approximately 12.6cm, with a diameter across the top of about 6.5cm and across the base of about 6.9cm.
It is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks.
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