Brownhills Aesthetic Movement English Stoneware Teapot c1920
With a Japanese influence so typical of the aesthetic movement, this antique Brownhills teapot was apparently a carryover of days gone by some two decades later. Dating to the 1920s, the stippled body is decorated with an overglaze enamel pattern of alternating zig-zag and fan vertical bands that flank colorful floral panels all around. Each of the two sides features one lone bright flower believed to be a cherry blossom or clematis, fuchsia in color that fades to white, with cinnamon brown tendrils waving here and there on a bright green vine. At the spout and handle, a gathering of delicate buds stand young and strong, in relief. The colors and style are somewhat reminiscent of majolica pottery.
In very good condition, I find no nicks, chips, or cracks, only two paint flakes at the base of the bottom petal on each of the embossed side flowers.
Tea pot measures 6" high, 8-1/2" spout to handle. Marked on the underside with the British Registry No. 703242, dating this to the mid-1920s (1924), along with the makers mark of BP Co, for Brownhills Pottery Co., Tunstall, Staffordshire.