Collecting teapots can be a fun adventure! Frequently I hear others comment that every teacup has a story. I believe that every teapot does as well. Teapots gather in the homes of ones who love and appreciate them by a variety of means. Sometimes they are passed down through families. Others are gifts given by friends who know you will cherish the gift. Oftentimes orphaned teapots are given to tea lovers simply because they know you will give the teapot a good home and that you'll enjoy it. And then there is the love of the "hunt" for the perfect, old, unusual, or quaint teapot that takes place in thrift shops and antique stores. They can be of great or small value in a monetary sense. But, even the teapot bought for pennies can be as lovingly cherished and cared for as one that costs hundreds of dollars. Each has a story all its own.
Today I thought I would share the story of my violets teapot. Years ago I found a delightful violets "creamer and sugar" in an antique shop. I loved them because they went with the violets teacups in my collection (they had been my mother's collection that I inherited). I used them with a plain plum teapot, as I didn't have a violets teapot to go with them. Recently my friend, Karleen, asked me if I would like a teapot that her brother was wishing to find a home for. How delighted I was when I discovered that it matched the "creamer and sugar" that I already had! An added bonus was the matching tray that was given with the teapot. Today they sit on one of my china cabinets and remind me that spring isn't too far away. They bring a bit of colorful cheer to the dreary winter days. And that is such a delight to me!
Favored teapots change with mood, season of life, life passages, and whim. Today, this is my favorite teapot. Another day I'll share about another that strikes my fancy.
What a wonderful teapot story!ReplyDelete
That beautiful teapot couldn't have found a better new home than with you!! Good Karma.ReplyDelete
What good fortune to now have the complete set! Your "violets," collection is just beautiful and I love the way you have it displayed-I have a few little teapots myself- I think I need to display them-thanks for the morning inspiration!ReplyDelete
I love violets. I am learning how to paint them so that I can have them around all the time. Thank you for sharing such lovely and feminine tea ware.ReplyDelete
What a God-wink that was! I just love the story of your beautiful violets teapot and the tray it came with. You can do a series on your teapots and I'd love to read it any day.ReplyDelete
I love that teapot! It's not only the color but the shape that makes it so lovely.ReplyDelete
My very favorite teapot is such not only because of its' beauty but because my daughter bought it for me at a coffee-tea shop she worked in while at college.
I need to start taking more teapot/teacup pictures for my blog. They have been neglected far too long.
I so enjoyed your sweet information and sharing your treasures here!ReplyDelete
How beautiful! I am starting to build a little "violets" china collection and bought a teapot on ebay earlier this month. At the moment, it is my favorite, too! And I bet these will always be AMONG our favorites, they are quite special.ReplyDelete
This post made me smile today! I love the 'orphaned teapot' comment. Isn't it great how lovely treasures find a new home with some one who will love them?! Beautiful teapot is now happy too! Thanks for a lovely post.ReplyDelete
What a lovely story and what a beautiful teapot (with the matching tray, too!). Thanks for sharing, LaDonna. I think you're going to make Gwen jealous, lol!ReplyDelete
Oh stop my rapidly beating heart! Those are GORGEOUS La Tea Dah. Just gorgeous. LOVE them.ReplyDelete
Take care. Susan
What a gorgeous teapot! I love the story behind it. I need one just like it for my dear, little mother's ninetieth birthday luncheon. Her birth flower is violets and I am featuring bits of them on the table.ReplyDelete
How lucky you are! And doesn't that pretty violet teapot and complete set just beckon springtime!ReplyDelete
How nice of Karleen's brother to have the matching tray and teapot. It is quite beautiful! I am smiling when I think it is your favorite right now. Yes, our favorites do migrate around, don't they?ReplyDelete