FallisT@aol.com on thu 20 may 99
In =22An Anthology of British Teapots=22 by Philip Miller =26 Michael =
published in 1985 by Micawber Publications (England) the =22Quick Reference
Guide=22 begins with this paragraph.
=22The teapot as a vessel specifically designed for the brewing of the =
was unknown in the orient where tea was individually brewed in tea bowls.
The exact origin of the teapot is unknown but it probably derives from the
vessels used in the east for serving of wine.
=85The earliest recorded British teapot, a silver example presented to the =
India Company in 1670, resembles a tall lighthouse shape now associated with
coffee. Later English silver pots of the 1680s are, however, clearly
influenced by Chinese porcelain shapes.=22
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Suzana Lisanti on wed 26 may 99
>The exact origin of the teapot is unknown but it probably derives from
>the vessels used in the east for serving of wine.
Anne's quotation reminded me of a proto-teapot from around 2000 BC included
in the book "Minoan and Mycenaean Art." It is stunningly like our modern
You can see it at http://web.mit.edu/lisanti/clayart/teapot.html
in Cambridge, MA