This is an antique Royal Doulton fishing teapot without a lid, designed by Noke in the 1920s. The teapot features an image of two waiting fishermen on the banks of a river or pond, with a fishing line cast into the water. A saying is painted on the inner lip of the teapot, taken from Izaak Walton’s poem, “The Angler’s Song.” The line reads, “and when the timorous trout I wait to take, and he devours my bait."
Izaak Walton, who lived from 1593 to 1683, remains famous today as the author of The Compleat Angler, one of the most important environmental books in history. Through the character of Piscator, Walton teaches the reader about fish and fishing while also imparting a view of the natural world that was revolutionary at the time. Walton understood that a healthy environment was essential to the outdoor recreation that he loved, and used the story of Piscator and a novice fisherman to show how a healthy environment supports the art of angling.
This Royal Doulton fishing pattern is Pattern No. D 2704. Royal Doulton was an English ceramic manufacturing company producing tableware and collectables, dating from 1815. Operating originally in London, its reputation grew in The Potteries, where it was a latecomer compared to Royal Crown Derby, Royal Worcester, Wedgwood, Spode and Mintons. Its products include dinnerware, giftware, cookware, porcelain, glassware, collectables, jewelry, linens, curtains and lighting.
This Royal Doulton fishing teapot is in good condition, but is missing its original lid. There are minor cracks in paint. The base is printed with the manufacturer's seal, reading "Royal Doulton, The Gallant Fishers, England." Dimensions: 4 1/4" H x 9" W x 5 1/2" D.