This beautiful teapot on a pedestal was a wedding gift to my mom and dad in 1942. It is actually part of an entire set of china. Chintz china originated shortly after India began to export beautiful floral fabrics to England called "chintes" in India. It was so admired that it became "all the rage" in English tableware. These days, chintz china is highly collectible.
I love my teapot even though it has crazing (crackling) on the inside. I don't like to use it for that reason because of the danger of possible lead leaking. But it is lovely sitting on my shelf and just reminds me of the semi-formal Sunday dinners we used to have at home in my childhood with my grandparents and aunts and uncles. Mom set a beautiful table, and I think she was happy for the chance to use her "good" china.
My teapot was manufactured by Kent Ltd., and the pattern is Du Barry. Many chintz patterns have lovelier names like Summertime, or Hydrangea, but the Du Barry pattern is just beautiful and is what my mother chose as a young woman about to be married.