I anxiously wait for Gracious Hospitality‘s assignment each week to see if it’s something I can participate, and this week’s is on teapots!!! I think I might take a stab at this difficult assignment… :)
I am rarely a mix-and-match person; I think that methodical quirk is the engineer in me. So, the teapots I have purchased are ones that are made for the china collections I have.
If you have been visiting my blog for a while, you would have caught quite a few sightings of this Royal Albert Lady Carlyle teapot. I absolutely love the scrolls and the gold, and of course the bouquets all adeptly incorporated fit the daintily beautiful shape of the teapot. I actually purchased this teapot at a china shop in Gatwick airport during a layover while I was on an overseas trip. I had been looking for the teapot for quite a while then, and was simply delighted to find one at the airport store. Since we were traveling light, I requested the shop ship the teapot back to the States for me – which they did without any mishap! I have received many many compliments from you all on my Lady Carlyle pieces, THANK YOU! If you are interested to see more Lady Carlyle pieces and know a bit about the history, please come back this Friday when I do a Show-and-Tell post on my Lady Carlyle china:
This silver teaset (shown minus the intricate silver scroll work tea tray) is an old set made by Oneida Silversmith. It is a set I use when I am using pieces that don’t have their own matching teapots. Since silver goes with anything and everything, the setting always comes out looking nice:
You have seen these two before. The one on the left is from Taiwan. It’s a gift from a dear friend. It looks to be in a traditional Oriental shape. My father told me that he had seen similar teapots like that when he was growing up. The one on the right is well-beloved by many many many over the generations (since its production in 1814) – the Spode Blue Italian 6-cup teapot. Its regal shape mixed with the blue and white is simply breathtaking to me. I never get tired of looking at it:
I almost forgot about this one because it’s now put up and stored in the cabinet. This teapot is from the Spode Woodland Collection which I only use during the fall. I started the collection in honor of my husband whose favorite season is the fall. I stumbled across just the teapot a few years ago WITHOUT the lid and bought it for $15. I had to place a special order for the lid from Spode, and had to pay close to $50 plus shipping for just the lid! You win some, you lose some, I guess:
Seeing all the beautiful teapots others have posted, I think it’s perhaps time to spread my wings and branch out a bit and buy some teapots that are individual and unique. :) This has been a fun assignment. Thanks, LaTeaDah!