We love figural teapots and this earthenware one of a thatched roof English country cottage is a favorite. It was made by Price and Kensington, a firm that began with the Price Brothers brand in 1896. They merged with Kensington Potteries in Longport, Burslem, where they are still located, in 1962. The hand painted colors and molded details are lovely: multi-paned windows; “wood-grained” handle, spout and front door; green ivy growing up the sides and leafy shrubs at the base and an overall pattern of stone walls. There are several marks on the base. Impressed ones include: YE OLDE COTTAGE P&K MADE IN ENGLAND. Printed in green is a wreath encircling PRICE Kensington with MADE IN ENGLAND beneath and COTTAGE WARE under that. There is also a printed Reg. No. 845007, which means the decorative design was registered in England during 1945. This may be why we see this “Ye Olde Cottage”pattern, commonly called cottage ware, misidentified as being from the 1940’s or 1950’s; obviously since Price and Kensington Potteries, Ltd., was created in 1962, none of their earthenware can be older than that. While they are still in business, this pattern has been discontinued. It has been copied by many other potteries, including some in Japan, but P&K’s detailing, hand painting and quality are, in our opinion, generally superior.
This is a sturdy teapot that weighs over two pounds and holds four 8 ounce cups. From spout to handle it measures 8 ½ inches long and it’s 6 inches tall to the top of the chimney. On the inside, on the bottom and on any areas that are unpainted and have just a clear glaze, there is fine crazing, and there is a small chip on the bottom about an inch in from the edge—you need to turn it over to see it. The pot is unstained, immaculate and looks almost new.
This is a wonderful teapot collection addition and will add cheer to your spot of tea.