Advice on collecting unusual teapots


October 07, 1990|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: I collect antique and unusual teapots of porcelain or ceramic. Where can I find information on teapots, and is there a book on the subject or any related literature? Also, where can I find unique teapots to add to my collection?

A: An organization for collectors of all kinds of teapots and teapot-related items is the Handle on the Teapot Enthusiast Association, which offers an annual membership and bimonthly newsletter for $8 from 882 Mollison, El Cajon, Calif. 92020. "The Eccentric Teapot," by Garth Clark, is an outstanding book with information and photos and descriptions of antique and contemporary "outlandish" ceramic teapots. It is available for $17.45 postpaid from Abbeville Press Inc., 488 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; phone (800) 227-7210.

Teapots are interesting to collect and range from "Rebecca at the Well" variations that portray the biblical scene to shapes of everything imaginable, including a Sherlock Holmes teapot and mug set produced by Hall China, which offers a Master Sleuth Teapot and Mug Brochure from Box 221B, Flushing, Mich. 48433.

Though there are numerous contemporary artist-designed teapots with unusual shapes, many dating from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries have unique shapes.

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