Vintage Erphila Figural Pottery Teapot Dog with Raised Paw Made in Germany
Description: A very nice pottery teapot or tea pot. This figural teapot is in the form of what we believe is a Dachshund sitting on its hind legs with its front legs raised and serving as the spout. The head of the dog serves as the lid for the teapot. The head shows the dog with his ears down and snout up. The lid shows great and colorful details of the dog's features such as the eyes, ears and the closed mouth as well as the brown collar. The dog's tail serves as the handle for the pot. Just very cute. The piece is colored in a realistic dachshund brown, gray, and black color. The piece is marked Germany and has the Erphila mark. As such the piece was made in Germany and imported into the US by Eberling & Reuss of Philadelphia. It is also stamped on the bottom with the number 6703B. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional Information: Erphila is a mark found on Czechoslovakian, German, and other pottery and porcelain made after 1920. The mark was used on items imported by Ebeling & Reuss, Philadelphia, a giftware firm that is still operating in Pennsylvania. The mark is a combination of the letters E and R (Eberling & Reuss) and the first letters of the city, Phila(delphia). Many whimsical figural pitchers and creamers, figurines, platters, and other giftware carry this mark.
Date: Uncertain but most likely mid 20th century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The pot measures 4 3/4" by 3 1/2" at the base, is ~7 3/4" high, and is ~7 1/4" at its widest point including the handle and spout. This is a substantial piece weighing one pound 5 ounces.
Marks: Incised on the base the number "6703 B" and then the ERPHILA green mark with the word Germany under it, all under glaze.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Truly a nice, cute and very decorative piece. A great piece in excellent condition, which would make a worthy addition to your collection.
Condition: Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, repairs, hairlines, or stains. The piece has a few lines indicating onset of glaze crazing. The pot appears to have never been used but rather cherished by its previous owner. The foot of the pot has some soiling which can be seen in the photos. The piece would probably benefit from a good cleaning but we leave that to the discretion of the new owner. Please see photo to appreciate its beauty, condition, and quality of the piece.
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