Royal Venton Ware Elephant Tea Pot and Milk Jug - (Sold)

Stock No. 47 

Extremely scarce novelty teapot and milk jug hand painted in colours. The teapot modelled as a circus elephant in blue trousers and striped shirt surmounted by a chimpanzee wearing a pirate’s mask.The milk jug is modelled as an Elephant in pirate’s costume with belt, dagger, pirate’s tricorn hat, scarf and mask. Manufactured between 1923 and 1936 by Staffordshire pottery John Steventon and Sons Ltd. (Royal Venton Ware) and marketed by Lawleys of Stoke.
Teapot marked “Specially made for Lawleys Stoke” and with the written pattern No.2997. Milk Jug marked with the “John Steventon and Sons Ltd. & Royal Venton Ware” & “hand painted” back stamp and signed by Holdcroft with the written pattern No. 2998.
Height of milk jug 11 cm.
Height of teapot 14 cm.

(cf. Novelty Teapots - Five Hundred Years of Art and Design by Edward Bramah. Quiller Press 1992 page 99. The teapot offered is the actual one used in the book illustration.)