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Some people believe that the teapots were invented by the Chinese. In fact, according to some, the potters of Ishing, which is north of Shanghai were the first to introduce the first vessels now known as teapots. Others claim that although China did introduce tea to Europe, it was the Europeans that actually invented the teapot. This group of people claims that the Chinese could not have introduced the teapot because the Chinese actually brewed their tea directly in their cup. Whatever their origin, the teapot has been an essential part of many households for many years and now many other people collect them.
During the Victorian period, when having “high tea” when visitors called or on that special Sunday afternoon, people would only use their highly prized and most richly decorated teapots. The design and decoration of these teapots which were usually hand painted were quite lavish. Later during the Art Deco period of the 20’s and 30’s, teapots took on different shapes and looks, some with severe lines and were made of different metals, unlike their earlier cousins that were mainly made of the best porcelains.
Due to the changes in design, material and the overall aesthetic look of teapots over the centuries, teapot collectors today have a huge array of options for their collections. However, some of the most collectible teapots in this country come from the Hall China Company. Hall was established in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1903 and is still producing teapots to this day. One of their most popular lines is called the Gold Label line which was introduced in the 1950’s and was produced for about ten years. As their name implies, these teapots are popular with collectors because they are richly decorated with gold body trims and decorations.