Interiors & Exteriors: My Favourite (Nearly) Antique Teapot
Following on last week's column where I did a show and tell of my favourite teacups (what's the past tense of 'show and tell'? Showed and told? Show and telled?), I introduce my beloved teapot. It's a Noritake, circa 1920s that I fell in love with at first sight in a Bristol antique shop. Noritake produced this style in Japan for the English market (this wasn't what the Japanese were into, of course). I don't use it for tea, it sits on the mantle as the centrepiece of the living room. I'd like to use it maybe once or twice but because of something the antiques shop owner said, I don't dare.
Its beauty lies in its colour, style and delicate detailing: handpainting in turquoise and pinks with a bit of yellow and green, all finely outlined in gold, all of that glorious gilt, the delicate handle and spout - if you know what this style is called please let me know, is it double scroll? - and its uncommon pedestal style. I would have happily paid three times as much as was being asked, it's exquisite and pure joy. Luckily I didn't have to as I didn't really have the money!
One teensy thing - I can't help but imagine how it could be even more beautiful if the bottom half was painted as well. That struck me at first, I wondered if the artisan went for the lunch and it got fired before he was finished! Noritake produced so many generously ornate pedestal teapots that I can't help but think twice. But I do love it as it is.
I'm always on the lookout for beautiful antique or vintage teapots and am especially interested in Noritake's pedestal styles, so if you have any great finds to share, please do!