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Vintage Teapots for hire!

vintage teapot spoutsThe teapot probably originated from early adaptations of ceramic kettles that were first made in China using bronze and other metals evolving little by little as the cultural importance of tea drinking spread. The earliest surviving teapot is from 1513 and is found in the Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware in Hong Kong. These early teapots are tiny compared to modern examples. Designed for a single drinker this constrained portion size and enabled flavours to be more concentrated and controlled.

From the end of the 17th century, tea was shipped from China to Europe as part of the export of exotic spices and luxury goods. The ships that brought the tea also carried porcelain teapots often painted in blue and white glazes.

Tea drinking was an expensive luxury in these early years whilst porcelain teapots were also highly treasured because china simply wasn’t made in Europe at that time. It was only after 1765 when William Cookworthy discovered Cornish china clay that English porcelain and tea-drinking began to become more affordable and fashionable across the classes

Our own teapots are rather less rare than the 17th and 18th Century examples – but we do have a number of Victorian and Edwardian porcelain pots from the early 20th century when afternoon tea was at its height. Here are some pictures from our collection of pots. To hire vintage teapots and tea-cups or for more information and prices: CONTACT US HERE

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Published by annie, on 21st February 2011 at 10:47 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Vintage Teapots for hire!

Royal Crown Derby in Dorset

painting Royal Crown DerbyWhat an inspiring morning at Box of Porcelain in Dorchester. Robert and his team invited Royal Crown Derby along to provide demonstrations of hand painting and a sneak preview at the Royal Wedding Commemorative china together with pieces from the Titanic Commemorative ware for next year’s 100th anniversary.

Robert’s fine porcelain shop is always a treasure trove of delights but Saturday’s event was exceptional. I arrived early to snap some photos of Natalie Cornwall-Wilson hand-painting the beautiful Ken Eastman designs (a skill that’s taken her 20 years to perfect) and to find out about the new Titanic range which is an exact copy of the tableware that Royal Crown Derby provided on the ship itself.

Its rather wonderful that this 260 year old company is still producing some of the finest porcelain in England today and has faithfully replicated every detail including the original information pamphlet to commemorate the Titanic anniversary next year. Whilst it is expensive, the Titanic design is perfect for Christmas day so if you’re thinking of pushing the boat out (!) then get in touch with Robert to place an order email rlunn@boxofporcelain.com or ring The Box of Porcelain on 01305 267110

the Titanic porcelain range original brochure printed for the Titanic

As for the Royal Wedding memorabilia – if you’re going to buy anything to celebrate then you may as well make it something that holds its value — and the gold and blue intertwined designs of C & W for Catherine and William are truly lovely. As you can see – its a good job I arrived early – this was a very popular event – and a great source of vintage inspiration

crown derby royal wedding plateA full shop at a Box of Porcelain