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Rose Teapots: Enchanting Collectibles for Any Occasion

Updated on September 29, 2017
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Athlyn Green enjoys unique items and stunning collectibles and she shares her discoveries with readers.

A Stunning Pink Teapot With Delicate Sculptured Roses

A Rose Teapot for Every Taste

Teapots do far more than serve tea. They can be real works of art. Especially when they include charming flowers. And while it's a given that there are many patterned teapots spouting floral designs with a variety of flowers to choose from, and thus a teapot for every collector, a teapot with roses on it presents such a pretty picture and is just so darn appealing.

Roses are an all-time favorite flower and teapots that include them are particularly striking and top many people's lists as favorite collectibles.


There are some particularly lovely chintz designs in both vintage and modern rose patterns.These have the classic chintz look that includes densely patterned flowers.


If vintage isn't your oyster, or heavily patterned, as is usually seen in chintz, modern rose teapots are lovely, as well.


Some teapots are sculpted, which adds a unique effect, as seen in the photo above. How enchanting when the pot includes actual rose petals and flowers, stems, and buds, as part of the design.


Other teapots are stackable.These unique collectibles come in a range of tea for one or tea for two, or include a creamer and a sugar bowl.


And some miniature teapots are every bit as attractive as their larger counterparts and contain some surprising design elements.

In this article, we will take a look at all of these.

With careful shopping and price comparison, you may be able to find a treasure to bring home to use for special occasions or to add to your collection.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Why, there are so many beautiful rose patterns to choose from.

Whimsy and Enchantment

Hinting of tea parties on a vine-covered verandas of yesteryear.
Hinting of tea parties on a vine-covered verandas of yesteryear.

Finding and Collecting Rose Teapots

You can find beautiful teapots, such as is pictured in this article, through estate sales, the odd garage sale, at fine tableware shops, through online shops, and through suppliers of fine china.

Online auctions are also another means to find beautiful collectible teapots patterned in roses. If looking at an online auction, try the following search terms: "rose teapots" or "rose patterned teapots" or "rose chintz teapots."

Auctions offer treasures that may not be obtainable locally. You can save your searches and even receive e-mail notifications when more of the same items become available. This is a great method of automated searching.

It is exciting to discover the sheer variety of rose teapots available and you may might find that collecting these pretty teapots becomes slightly addictive. The hard part may be deciding whether you want patterned, sculpted, stackable, or miniature teapots. In the end, you may decide to collect all of them. Can one ever have too many unique and delightfully pretty teapots?

A Look at at Newer and Vintage Rose Patterns

In this section, we will take a look at some of the enchanting rose patterns that are currently available or that are now vintage designs and highly sought after by collectors.

A Perfect coupling: A Rose Teapot to Serve Rose Tea

A modern rose-patterned teapot is just perfect when serving rose petal tea.
A modern rose-patterned teapot is just perfect when serving rose petal tea.

Roses Are an All-Time Favorite Choice for Chintz


Rose Pattern Chintz Teapots

I can't say enough good things about rose chintz. As touched on at the outset, a collectible teapot can truly be a work of art, and eye-catching chintz, in and of itself, is also considered a work of art.

India produced some colorful patterns in the 17th century, which found their way onto cotton fabric, and, thus, chintz was named. Soon these beautiful patterns started showing up on tableware items and attracted an adoring public. It's not hard to see why.

  • Most chintz pieces are marked on the bottom with the manufacturer's mark and include the pattern name.
  • Collectors look for chintz items produced from the 1920s-1960s.

There are lots of designs to choose from in both vintage chintz and modern reproductions.

Royal Winton Grimwades and Old Cottage Chintz Teapots

Royal Winton Grimwades Rose Chintz
Royal Winton Grimwades Rose Chintz
Roses join with other flowers on this Old Cottage Chintz teapot.
Roses join with other flowers on this Old Cottage Chintz teapot.

Chintz Teapots

A Word About Collecting Rose-Patterned Teapots

Some have wondered why people would collect teapots. But once they discover chintz, a whole new world opens and they gain an understanding as to why these teapots are highly sought after and why some die-hard collectors will pay almost any price to acquire a piece from a treasured pattern, so as to add to their collection.

Did You Know?

Royal Albert's Old Country Roses has been one of the all-time favorite rose patterns.

Royal Albert Old Country Roses


Learn More About Chintz

The Chints Collectors Handbook is a good resource for the budding collector, providing critical information about manufacturers, patterns, history and more. Armed with the information in this guide, one can collect with confidence.

Buying Pros and Cons

Established and loved designs
Nice-looking designs
May cost more
Usually costs far less
May be worth far more
Not worth as much
May show signs of wear and tear
New and in perfect condition
May be more fragile
A real collectable
Not considered a true collectable but still pretty enough to collect

Some Awesome Vintage and Collector Rose Patterns

  • Arthur Wood and Sons
  • Cheltenham
  • Fitz and Floyd
  • Heron Cross
  • Lefton
  • Limoges
  • Lord Nelson
  • Maxwell and Williams
  • Peppertree
  • Royal Albert
  • Royal Cotswolds
  • Royal Winton
  • Sadler
  • Shelley
  • Spode
  • Victoria's Garden

Sculpted Teapots

Next, we will take a look at sculpted teapots. These go one step further from patterned and incorporate raised areas, which add real eye appeal.

Magical-Looking Sculpted Teapots

When you start checking out sculpted teapots you may be struck by how enchanting they truly are. These teapots incorporate sculpted elements such as buds, petals, stems and leaves, and some include raised areas resembling roses. In some cases, the entire pot resembles a rose.

Sculpted Rose Teapots

Wonderful texture in this charming teapot.
Wonderful texture in this charming teapot.
A sweet sculpted rosebud adorns this pot.
A sweet sculpted rosebud adorns this pot.
When a pot is so much more.
When a pot is so much more.
When a rose is a teapot.
When a rose is a teapot.

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This Video Has No Sound But Shows How Sculpted Teapots Are Made

The Lovely Franciscan Rose Pattern. A Favorite With Collectors But Buyer Beware

As can be seen here, even with a well-known pattern, a buyer should use discernment because depending on the years it was produced, there can be differences; so again, it pays to carefully compare pieces available in a particular pattern, so you get the stylistic elements you are looking for.

A Modern Look

A rosebud knob and a stem handle add to the charm
A rosebud knob and a stem handle add to the charm | Source

A Vintage Look

When Sculpted Goes One Step Further

As if sculpted teapots weren't fascinating enough in their own right, some designs actually incorporate tiny tea party elements on the top of the teapot.

Note the Miniatures on Top

It's time for a cuppa and a bite with this design from Paul Cardew.
It's time for a cuppa and a bite with this design from Paul Cardew.

For Decorative Display

These types of teapots, while available in large sizes (and in miniatures), are not designed for everyday use. They are a collectible that will add interest to any display but are best kept safe and intact, tucked into a china cabinet or out of reach on a mantel.

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Paul Cardew Teapot
Paul Cardew Teapot

All-in-One Stackable Sets

These amazing sets range from tea for one, tea for two, and some even include a sugar and creamer and teapot.

Rambling Rose Tea-For-One Set

Maxwell and Williams--a cup nestles under the pot.
Maxwell and Williams--a cup nestles under the pot.

Stackable Sets

Some rose teapots are available in stackables. Notice how the the teapot sits atop a cup underneath. This is such a novel idea and adds a special twist to a set that is both pretty and practical.

Stacking teapots and cups are convenient for those who are short on space. All-in-one sets are less bulky because of the compact design and they serve well for someone who just wants smaller batches of tea. They are a unique offering for the collector who enjoys something a little different.

The video below provides further insights into tea-for-one sets. As you will see, these sets are absolutely beautiful. The cups are a good size, some sets come with a matching strainer, and these may come in beautiful boxes. What a wonderful gift to treat yourself with or to give to someone else.

Pieces in a Tea-For-One Set

Maxwell and Williams
Maxwell and Williams

A Beauty in the New Country Roses Pattern

Tea For One


Another neat collectible item is the tea-for-two design with a pot and two cups. These are harder to find but very unique.

Stacking Sugar, Creamer and Pot

Taking stackable one step further, if you are lucky, you may be able to find one of these sets that includes a matching sugar and creamer that sits atop the teapot. What a treasure.

A Rose is the Crowning Glory in This Stacking Tea Set

Lefton Stackable Tea Set
Lefton Stackable Tea Set

Lefton Stackable Set

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The Amazing World of Miniatures

If you haven't considered miniatures, this section explores how these treasures can add greatly to a person's collection.

A Charming Miniature Tea Service

Royal Albert Old Country Roses
Royal Albert Old Country Roses

Miniature Tea Sets

Miniatures are not to be undersung. While one might be tempted to think of a kid's set, nothing could be further, when one enters the world of collectibles. Miniature teapots and tea sets are well-worth checking out, too.

Some of the smaller sets incorporate the raised elements making them worth collecting for the sheer eye-appeal. And surprisingly, some miniatures aren't as small as would be assumed. Some sets have a usable teapot and cups that can accommodate a smaller amount of liquid.

With so many designers and so many designs, miniatures have become works of art in their own right, and for those who love looking at pretty things, they too may find a home in a china cabinet.

Old Country Roses in a Miniature Set

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Buying Tips

  • It pays to do your homework and become familiar with the many rose patterns available. If you are looking for vintage chintz, knowing the pattern names can help greatly when searching for particular designs.
  • Compare prices to get a feel for bargains.
  • Keep an eye peeled at garage sales and second hand and antique stores. These sometimes yield some surprising finds.
  • If you are buying through an auction, set a ceiling amount you are willing to pay and do not exceed it. It is easy to become excited in the closing minutes and to overspend.

© 2008 Athlyn Green


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    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      3 years ago from West Kootenays

      Me, too, Terrie, and I have some gems that are truly unique. I also have a lovely teapot from my grandmother and the history around it makes it special.

    • Terrielynn1 profile image

      Terrie Lynn 

      3 years ago from Canada

      I love collecting tea cups and tea pots. My best are the ones I just inherited. The othe one is the tea pot my dad bought for his mom with his very fist paycheck. I love the pieces with a history. Now I collect them to hand down to my children. Love this article.

    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      6 years ago from West Kootenays

      Yes, some teapots are truly lovely. I will have to add pictures of my latest teapots.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      6 years ago from Orlando Florida

      The teapots in your article are stunningly beautiful. Are they yours? You make me want to collect rose teapots. Now I collect teapots in the shape of something else, likes houses, or people. I just finished my own hub about teapot collecting and your article was featured as a related hub.

    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      11 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Jenny,

      Thank you. I discovered chintz a couple of years ago and am hooked on the patterns.

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      Jenny Heart 

      11 years ago

      I absolutely love this article. It's going on my favorites.


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