A small maiolica teapot and cover hand painted with rural scenes dominated by a tree in the foreground on either side. On the sides with the spout and the handle the decoration is the sky with birds. The predominant colors are green, yellow, blue and brown with some orange and a deep not very clear purple. The fluted lower section, round shape and the scrolled handle are from the earlier part of the 18th century, but this was probably not the leader of the new fashion, as it is maijolica, not porcelain, and so is from the middle of the century. This type of decoration and the yellow borders are usually said to be Castelli, though the palette and motifs could make it from Sienna. Circa 1750. 5 ¼ inches (13.5 cm) hgh, 6 ¼ inches (16 cm) long and 3 ¾ inches (9.5 cm) wide.
Condition: The body has one chip on the top rim and a couple of little chips on the spout. The top has been dropped and re-glued with some putty added to fill missing bits around the rim. There are pinholes from firing in the body of the teapot.
Very pleasing decoration and an unusual form.