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A Variety Of Tea Pots To Collect

Jul 19, 2008
Collections have been built on tea pots due to the beauty that collectors have found in them. Ceramic tea pots are as individual as people themselves and they have a unique decorative design all their own. Tea pots have craftsmanship that is unlike other objects, which make them distinctive, but collectors need to know that there have been many copies that have been made from originals.

One of the most unusual tea pots that was ever created was in the beautiful cobalt blue color. This tea pot had fluted edges with a small frog sitting on top, which is as valuable as the famous dragon tea pots. Another wonderful tea pot has a deep rich section of brown that is a tea tree that has vines carved within its designs, and a vine going up a section of the handle. Both of these tea pot designs are influenced by tea plantations.

Other popular designs of teapots include the classic Brown Betty, Chinese Yixing, Japanese Tetsubin, and of course silver and porcelain tea pots. The classic Brown Betty tea pot was made from a red terracotta clay that was first discovered in 1695. The shape of this pot has been claimed by the British and the red terracotta clay has a glaze that will enable it to make the perfect cup of tea. The Japanese Tetsubin tea pots, which are also known as cast iron tea pots, were originally used the purpose of boiling water, which provided a type of heated humidity during cold weather, especially since their interior was enameled they were able to retain heat. During the middle of the nineteenth century these tea pots were viewed as the Japanese as symbols of status.

During the 1700s, silver tea pots really became popular because they were durable and had the ability to retain heat so well. Porcelain tea pots were influenced by a combination of the Yixing tea pots and the Chinese porcelain. The Chinese Yixing tea pots are made from a type of porous purple clay that have become seasoned, which makes them perfect for repeated use. Clear glass tea pots allowed tea drinkers and makers to view the tea leaves and they were being brewed in hot water to create the tea.

Early tea pots were created of heavy cast iron and had short replaceable spouts if they were created in Europe, which were unlike the early tea pots of China, which were much more similar in design to a wine vessel. The growing demand of tea pots was recognized toward the beginning of the eighteenth century when tea pots began being import in massive numbers. In fact, patterns were sent from England to China, which were directly geared toward the taste of the Europeans, to have them produce tea pots in large quantities.

There was a break through in porcelain in 1710, when imperial craftsmen located a new type of clay that was used to produce the best porcelain to be produced up to that point. In fact, this porcelain matched if not surpassed porcelain items that had been previous created in China. Most tea pots remained in the global shape, but there were some extremely popular pear shaped tea pots, which are very valuable to collectors today.
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