Teapots have been around since the 16th century, thanks to the Chinese. The English ritual of “high tea” or a Japanese or Chinese “tea ceremony” may not be something you indulge in but anyone can enjoy a good cup of tea (or cuppa). Collecting teapots and/or novelty pitchers is not a new hobby but one that has been gaining steam.
Today collectors find their treasured teapot at many venues — including antique or vintage booths, stores (for new) and even yard sales. Currently, Vintage With A Twist has 3 in our booth. I am on a business trip right now, so forgive me for not having better photos of each pot. I will add some after I get home.
There is a blue and white teapot on the left with a birds motif. We couldn’t find much out about it. The black teapot near the center is a Gibson and sons teapot from Staffordshire, England. The design used gold, red and blue to pop on the black background. The cream colored teapot on the right is by James Sadler. It features a pink and blue floral design with touches of gold. Very pretty!
If you prefer new pitchers, Whimsical Teapots and Tea Cups is a fun site that offers a variety along with some great articles about making tea, displaying your collection and more.
Novelty Pitcher Collecting
Novelty pitchers, or pitchers made in the shape of a familiar item are also a lot of fun to collect and display. A few on a sideboard or hutch or above your kitchen cabinets can really add to the kitchen decor. Buy them in a certain color scheme or shape to match your decor. There are tons of choice, both vintage and new.
The first pitcher on the left is made to look like a celery bunch. High gloss and the celery stalk handle just add to the whimsy. The second pitcher on the left is a tomato pitcher made just like the celery pitcher in a bright, vibrant red. The pitcher on the far right is a basketweave pitcher. It would look great in a kitchen that accents with baskets.
The 3rd pitcher from the left is a familiar pitcher shape with a garden type scene. We just thought it was neat looking.