Loading Spinner

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

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

Early Jugtown Ware Pottery Buff Glaze Teapot
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early Jugtown Ware Pottery Buff Glaze Teapot
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Antique Victoria Austria Tea Pot w/ Floral & Gold Detail Design
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Victoria Austria Tea Pot w/ Floral & Gold Detail Design
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
bp parity badge
SCHOOREN/MATZENDORF, LOT GESCHIRRTEILE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHOOREN/MATZENDORF, LOT GESCHIRRTEILE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF220- CHF450
CHF2201 Bid
THREE STUDIO TEAPOTS
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
THREE STUDIO TEAPOTS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $200
$251 Bid
Allerton Punch & Judy child's tea service.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Allerton Punch & Judy child's tea service.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $10- $20
$101 Bid
A pottery bamboo shaped teapot
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A pottery bamboo shaped teapot
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿50,000- ฿70,000
฿20,0001 Bid
Four Antique English Teapots
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Four Antique English Teapots
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $250
$751 Bid
Ceramic Norwegian Stavengerflint Kori Teapot
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Ceramic Norwegian Stavengerflint Kori Teapot
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
DAVID & HERMIA BOYD pottery teapot, A/F, incised "D.+ H. Boyd", 26cm high
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
DAVID & HERMIA BOYD pottery teapot, A/F, incised "D.+ H. Boyd", 26cm high
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD801 Bid
Vintage Tea Pots Sadler, Adams, Russia
Dec 04, 9:00 PM MST
Vintage Tea Pots Sadler, Adams, Russia
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
(14) Pcs Persian Yalda Night Tea Set
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
(14) Pcs Persian Yalda Night Tea Set
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
Pino Castagna (1932 - 2017)
Dec 02, 5:00 PM CET
Pino Castagna (1932 - 2017)
by Bozner Kunstauktionen
Est: €500- €650
€5000 Bids
5 BROOCHES TEAPOT, PEAS IN A POD + MORE
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
5 BROOCHES TEAPOT, PEAS IN A POD + MORE
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $10- $30
$50 Bids
Early Jugtown Ware Pottery Orange Glaze Teapot
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early Jugtown Ware Pottery Orange Glaze Teapot
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
Tea Set
Dec 10, 6:00 PM CST
Tea Set
by Kelmscott's
Est: $600- $900
$4000 Bids
Modern highly glazed Tea Set
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Modern highly glazed Tea Set
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $400- $800
$2250 Bids
Vintage Keele Street English Cottage Tea Set
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Keele Street English Cottage Tea Set
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $150- $300
$750 Bids
BOSTON MAILS CHINA TEAPOT.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
BOSTON MAILS CHINA TEAPOT.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $800
$1000 Bids
Vintage Dansk Jens & Arabia Finland tea set
Dec 07, 5:00 PM EST
Vintage Dansk Jens & Arabia Finland tea set
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $50- $150
$250 Bids
A 19th C French bachelor teapot on burner stand having miniature bust decoration. H 26cm
Dec 04, 12:00 PM AEDT
A 19th C French bachelor teapot on burner stand having miniature bust decoration. H 26cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD250- AUD375
AUD2000 Bids
(15Pc) Glazed Pottery Tea Service
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
(15Pc) Glazed Pottery Tea Service
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$250 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Dec 05, 3:00 PM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €500- €550
€5000 Bids
SARGUEMINE. Ceramic tea set painted in imitat
Dec 03, 2:00 PM CET
SARGUEMINE. Ceramic tea set painted in imitat
by FW Auction
Est: €40- €60
€400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Teapots & Sets


Potteries Auctions

Potteries Auctions

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Christian McCann Auctions

Christian McCann Auctions