Seven Adorable Animal-Themed Collectable Teapots
Who collects teapots?
Many people collect teapots. I collect teapots. I started my collection many years ago. It is fun to add to it every now and then. Maybe I'll get one as a gift. (Hint! Hint!)
Interestingly, there is no special word to describe collectors of teapots, the way stamp collectors are called philatelists and coin collectors are called numismatists.
What would you call a person who collects teapots?
An Ancient Chinese Teapot
What is the origin of the teapot?
The teapot most likely originated in China. It is used for both steeping the tea leaves and for holding the tea and keeping it warm until it is poured into the teacup. Originally teapots were very small and were intended for the brewing of just a single cup of tea.
Teapots have been made from many different materials, clay, stone, metals (bronze, copper, and others), glass, enamel, ceramics, porcelain and more. Some teapots are functional and some are best reserved solely for decorative purposes.
Do people collect teapots because tea is special?
Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. The popularity of tea may have something to do with the popularity of collecting teapots.
Tea is associated with comfort. Tea is steeped in history and tradition. Many cultures have traditional tea service ceremonies. Tea is warming, mildly invigorating, with a subtle taste. People drink coffee to rev themselves up; people drink tea to relax. Coffee is drunk; tea is sipped.
Tea was first exported to the Western world from China in the 17th century. It was very expensive at that time and only the upper classes could afford to drink it. Even today, in the era of Lipton tea bags, tea retains a little bit of a feeling of specialness and elegance.
Tea is special and a teapot brings those associations to mind.
A Happy-Home Teapot
An Apple-Basket Teapot
What are some different types of teapot collections?
Collecting teapots is a popular hobby.
Collectors specialize in many different ways. Some people collect teapots from only certain periods of history, from only certain materials, or only teapots that fit a certain theme--for example, teapots with a floral design.
Some collectors like to buy a teapot as a souvenir from every country that they visit.
I collect teapots that are fun—teapots that look like other things. I collect them because they make me smile.
Part of my teapot collection is teapots in the shape of homes. It reminds me not only of the pleasures of tea, but also the pleasures of home. It’s a two-fer. I keep home shaped teapots (and cookie jars) in my kitchen since the kitchen is “the heart of the home.”
I have a teapot in the shape of a basket of apples. It has pride of place in my kitchen on a built-in book shelf next to my collection of recipe books.
I also have a teapot that looks like a can-can dancer and another that looks like a flapper in a Model T. I’ve put those in my bedroom.
I have a couple of other teapots also, but they look like teapots.
My collection consists of teapots that look like other things. A white elephant, perhaps? (Hint! Hint!)
Why collect animal-themed teapots?
There are a lot of teapots made to resemble animals. As the picture above proves, the concept of animal themed teapots goes all the way back to ancient China.
I think animal-themed teapots are especially appropriate for the kitchen and dining room/area--especially those related to farms. They could be displayed in a china cabinet, on shelves, on counters, or over the built-in kitchen wall cabinets if there is a space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling.
The following teapots are actual functional teapots, although they are so beautiful, they might be better kept as objects d’art rather than subjected to the wear and tear of daily use.
A Pig Teapot
What could be more adorable than this hand painted ceramic tea-pig with the colorful garland of vegetables around his neck?
The teapot is 7 inches long, 4.1/2 inches wide and 5 inches high.
Notice the green loop near the pigs head. This is the handle of the lid that can be removed to pour water into the teapot. The spout is hidden in the leaf around the neck.
A Rooster Teapot
Roosters are a popular theme for kitchens. This teapot will be right at home with rooster plates, dish towels, pot holders, etc.
The strikingly colorful teapot is 7 ½ inches high, 71/2 inches wide, and 4i nches deep. It holds 12 ounces of water. It’s made of a ceramic and dolomite material. It durable, but should be hand-washed only. It comes in a gift box.
A Barnyard Cow Teapot
This whimsical cow offers a bonus chicken sitting on its back that serves as the handle for the lid. He looks so friendly and cheery with his red and white bandanna.
The teapot is made from a ceramic and dolomite material. It’s durable, but don’t put it in the dishwaher. It is 6 ¾ inches high, 9 inches long, and 4.5 inches deep.
Use it for tea or fill it with milk for your morning cereal.
A Honey Bee Teapot
There’s sure to be a bumble bee on any farm, perhaps in the kitchen garden planted alongside the house. Invite this friendly little critter in to brighten up the kitchen.
This ceramic hand-painted bumble bee teapot is black and yellow with a geat big happy-face smile. The teapot is 9 ¾ inches high, 91 /2 inches high, and 1 ¾ inches deep. It holds 48 ounces of liquid.
A Ladybug Teapot
Have you ever made a wish on a ladybug? With your very own ladybug shaped teapot you can wish away whenever you want.
Ladybugs are so cute and this hand-painted ceramic ladybug teapot is adorable. It is 7 inches high, 6 inches deep, and 5 inches wide. It holds 19 ounces. The colors are vibrant and the lid latches shut so it won’t fall off when you pour out the tea.
It’s delicate so no dishwasher for this little bug--hand wash it only.
A Cat Teapot
It’s Chester the Cat in hand-painted raised ceramic. This is one cat you won’t have to shoo off of your kitchen counter.
The teapot is 5 ¾ inches high 2 and ½ inches deep, and 7 inches wide. Chester holds 37 ounces of tea or other beverage. Just don’t put him in the microwave or dishwasher. (You wouldn’t do that to your kitty, would you?)
A White Elephant Teapot
,I doubt that there are any real elephants on the farm or in your home, not even if you live in in India. But who could resist a literal white elephant?
This white elephant is made of porcelain and is microwave and dishwasher safe. It is 9 ½ inches high, 4 ½ inches wide and 6 3/4 inches deep. It holds 28 ounces.
If you ever tire of it, it is sure to be a hit at a white elephant sale.
© 2014 Catherine Giordano