China Tea Pot

China teapots have been created since the 1800's, and although there are actual antiques available, there are many and equal number of "fake" signed antiques. People began to learn how to make copies of an artist's signature and create teapots with these "fake" signatures on them. Teapots were worse than other items because of the way that an artist or factory's stamp was styled. The Chinese characters of the signature were placed on the bottom of the teapots. The characters of the Chinese artist's name were later placed underneath the handle, and under the lid, even though there are variations. It is believed that the tradition of the direction of the stamp is along the axis of the handle and spout facing the front, but that has been violated.

It is theorized that a town called Ishing, which had Chinese potters, created small, individual size teapots and were named Boccarro by the Europeans. Europeans found these teapots in a shipment of teas that had been delivered to them from China. It is also said that the Chinese did not even use teapots; instead, they brewed their tea in the cup they were to drink from. This technique can still be seen today in some Chinese restaurants.

Teapots have been designed from different types of materials and some designs were pots that were in different shapes too. The quality of workmanship and pottery that was available has changed over the years. One type of material that was used was porcelain and was a higher quality than the previous heavy pottery. This change is where the evolution of the China teapot became known. The middle class Europeans began to want more teapots after they heard that the upper classes enjoyed tea each afternoon, and the middle class wanted to mimic them. Teapots then began to be designed with the ornate handles and spouts that would complement the rounded shape.

There were few teapots manufactured during World War II and people used the teapots they had. Then, in the 1960's the teapot was redesigned with the Modernism of function. In the 1970's, the novelty teapot evolved and teapots were available in every shape imaginable. From the 1980's to present, the classic teapot has had a welcome return to tea connoisseurs who can enjoy the different styles and shapes, as well as, the fascinating and rich history of the teapot along with their pot of tea.