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Teapots & Sets

From Ming Dynasty pieces to Meissen tea services, teapots and their companions reflect both elegance and beauty in their craftsmanship and decoration. While the tradition of drinking tea dates back thousands of years, the teapot as it is known today is a more recent creation.

Early tea drinkers used teacups, but the teapot lagged behind, as it was customary to prepare tea in a stew pot over heat. The first official teapot, known as the "Yixing," emerged around the dawn of the 16th century in China's Jiangsu province. Known for the purplish-red clay, known as "zisha," from which the vessel is crafted, these Yixing teapots were renowned for their smooth finish and the ability to absorb some of the aromas from the tea.

In subsequent years, teapots became increasingly refined and decorative while also spreading westward. By the 17th century, teapots were all the rage in western Europe, and their designs emulated the trends of their respective generations. From Rococo flair in the 18th century to the streamlined modernism of the early to mid-20th century, teapots have evolved to assume myriad shapes and sizes that all share in the rich history of the refined brewed beverage.


Quick Facts

  • Some of the earliest teapots to reach western Europe were known as "East India pots" and were characterized by their pear-shaped contour and straight spouts
  • Early western European teapots were heavily influenced in their design by Islamic coffee pots, in part because the tradition of coffee drinking was already well established by the time tea drinking arrived on the continent
  • The current record for the most expensive teapot is held by a Yixing Zisha teapot. Created by renowned ceramist Gu Jingzhou in the late '40s, the vessel sold for $2,000,000 in May of 2010

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14K TEA SET DEVON FIELDINGS STOKE ON TRENT POTTERT
Oct 29, 6:00 PM EDT
14K TEA SET DEVON FIELDINGS STOKE ON TRENT POTTERT
by Auctions by Daum
Est: $45- $90
$301 Bid
A box of assorted ceramics incl. teapots & bowls
Oct 30, 10:00 AM AEDT
A box of assorted ceramics incl. teapots & bowls
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD151 Bid
Clarice Cliff BIARRITZ Tea Service, 14 Pieces
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Clarice Cliff BIARRITZ Tea Service, 14 Pieces
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
DaySpring Christmas "For Unto Us A Child Is Born…Isaiah 9:6, Coffee/Teapot, EC
Nov 06, 1:00 PM EDT
DaySpring Christmas "For Unto Us A Child Is Born…Isaiah 9:6, Coffee/Teapot, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
(91pc) Delano Studios Plate & Tea Set
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(91pc) Delano Studios Plate & Tea Set
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
§ BERNARD LEACH (BRITISH 1887-1979) (ATTRIBUTED TO) AT LEACH POTTERY TEAPOT, 1920s
Oct 28, 6:00 PM BST
§ BERNARD LEACH (BRITISH 1887-1979) (ATTRIBUTED TO) AT LEACH POTTERY TEAPOT, 1920s
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
§ BERNARD LEACH (BRITISH 1887-1979) (ATTRIBUTED TO) AT LEACH POTTERY TEAPOT
Oct 28, 6:00 PM BST
§ BERNARD LEACH (BRITISH 1887-1979) (ATTRIBUTED TO) AT LEACH POTTERY TEAPOT
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
Kernstück mit Silberauflage. Thomas.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Kernstück mit Silberauflage. Thomas.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1500 Bids
Kernstück mit mythologischen Motiven.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Kernstück mit mythologischen Motiven.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€2800 Bids
Six tea sets, 18 pieces, Nymph
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Six tea sets, 18 pieces, Nymph
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3600 Bids
Tea service for 6 persons, 25
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Tea service for 6 persons, 25
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids
Teekännchen mit Blumenmalerei. Nymphenburg.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Teekännchen mit Blumenmalerei. Nymphenburg.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€4200 Bids
2 Kannen mit Blumenmalerei. Gera.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
2 Kannen mit Blumenmalerei. Gera.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Wappenkännchen.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Wappenkännchen.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1500 Bids
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Teeservice mit Windjammer-Dekor, 25 Teile
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Teeservice mit Windjammer-Dekor, 25 Teile
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€900 Bids
Early Pfalzgraf earthenware teapot
Nov 01, 11:30 PM EDT
Early Pfalzgraf earthenware teapot
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $50- $75
$300 Bids
Teapot, w. Thuringia, 20th cen
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Teapot, w. Thuringia, 20th cen
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
English Floral China Tea Set, 9 Mixed Floral Pieces
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
English Floral China Tea Set, 9 Mixed Floral Pieces
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $75- $150
$500 Bids
COBALT BLUE STEUBENVILLE MADE IN USA TEA SET RARE
Oct 29, 6:00 PM EDT
COBALT BLUE STEUBENVILLE MADE IN USA TEA SET RARE
by Auctions by Daum
Est: $170- $250
$1150 Bids
ANTIQUE TEA POT K 201 BLUE AND WHITE 17TH CENTURY
Oct 29, 6:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE TEA POT K 201 BLUE AND WHITE 17TH CENTURY
by Auctions by Daum
Est: $190- $200
$600 Bids
47 PIECE SET OF VERSACE STYLE DISHES
Oct 29, 7:00 PM EDT
47 PIECE SET OF VERSACE STYLE DISHES
by Chamberlain Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $600
$2500 Bids
Set of three Vista Alegre bedroom teapot
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
Set of three Vista Alegre bedroom teapot
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €450- €600
€3000 Bids

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