This is a beautiful teapot made by Barrm, Flight & Barr between 1804 and 1813, which was the Regency era. The pot is in a beautiful Regency oval barrel shape and decorated in red, black and gilt. 


The cover has had an invisible professional repair and that is why this listing is sold As Found (A/F).


Barr, Flight & Barr was the continuation of the famous Worcester Porcelain Company. In fact the factory went through various partnerships and names, most of which involved either the name Barr, Flight, or both (or double!). This confusing period in the factory's existence is often called the "Flight & Barr" period. Eventually the factory absorbed some of its spin-offs and was turned into the Royal Worcester, which became very famous in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. During the late 18th and entire 19th Century they were among the leaders of china production, producing exceptionally finely painted and sculpted forms.


This teapot is nicely shaped in an oval barrel shape and has a beautifully sculpted collar, as well as a finial in the shape of a flaming torch. It has a dark red ground with a black pattern and stunning gilt decorations. This red ground colour is rare as it was very difficult to produce; if the kiln temperature was only slightly too high or too low, the colour would come out an ugly brown and the items would have to be thrown away. Given that kilns were fired on coal fires, you can imagine how hard it was to achieve this beautiful colour and it would only have been done for the most exclusive items.


Both the teapot and the cover have an incised +)B on the underside, a mark that was used between 1792 and 1804, as well as "Barr Flight and Barr Manufacturers to their Majesties" in written in beautiful long hand.


CONDITION REPORT The teapot is in excellent condition without any crazing, repairs or damage except a small chip off the inside of the inner rim. The cover has been broken and has a professional repair that is invisible from the outside, but can be felt when you run your finger over the inside. There is hardly any wear.


Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.


There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

DIMENSIONS  the teapot and cover are 24 X 11cm (9.5" X 4.25") and stand 19cm (7.5") high including the finial.

Barr Flight & Barr oval barrel teapot, red, black and gilt, 1804-1813 A/F

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