This is a fabulous vintage 1970s Soviet porcelain teapot.
It is highly decorative - but could be used as a functioning teapot for special events or occasions.
It is made by the Korosten porcelain manufactory in the Ukraine (now closed)- and it is marked with their blue mark which was in used in the 70s.
It is a very large teapot - from base to top of the knop on the lid it measures a stonking 11 1/2 inches.
From spout to handle it is 12 inches and the diameter of the main body of the pot is about 8 1/2 inches - so a biggie!
The spout has two hand-painted images of pretty mermaids on each side - they are reclining and both have long golden ochre coloured hair. They also wear cute little crowns. Their costume looks as if he were made of scales and details are picked up with gold gilt highlights.
I love the handle and the little decorative inclusion above the spout which looks to me like a white and gold octopus leg covered with suckers. The knop is again of sea-inspired abstract form - and it is very Russin in feel.
There are lots of floral embellishments in the decoration - and it is certainly a most beauiful example.
No damages or restorations etc of any kind - and in just wonderful condition.
Unpacked the pot is just over 1.5 kg in weight - but due to the fragility of the pot I would really have to restrict it UK posting only.