Tuesday, May 13, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday-Teapot Superlatives

Hi everyone, especially those joining up with Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday.  Today I thought it might be fun to do some teapot superlatives. Here are a few to wet your appetite:




 The largest teapot in the US started out as a giant barrel for the Hires Root Beer Company and measures 14 feet in diameter & 14 feet high.  It was made in 1938 by William Devon who placed it in front of his pottery story and ran a souvenir shop and snack stand inside. Read about it's interesting history here.

The largest teapot collection is owned by an LA couple, Sonny & Gloria Kamm, who have been collecting for over 35 years.  Their collection numbers over 17,000 items and has its own Foundation to organize and preserve it.  Read about the Kamm Teapot Foundation.


The Most expensive teapot ever sold is actually a pair of melon teapots that sold at auction in 20ll for 2.8 million dollars. They look like little pumpkins. Read more here.

The oldest known teapot was made in China (no surprise there) in 1533. Read more here.

And finally, one more....
The world's smallest teapot is the size if a man's fingernail.  More info here.

Well I'll leave it here as this list could go on for several weeks.  One thing I found while researching this post was that there are always several claims to the biggest, smallest, oldest, best, etc.  Man's search for fame?  Anyway, I picked what I considered to be the most credible info.  Happy T Day and happy reading.





18 comments:

Divers and Sundry said...

there's a town near us that has a teapot festival http://www.teapotcollection.com/teapot/home and boasts "the World's Largest Collection of Porcelain Veilleuses-Theieres." groups take tour buses to see it. the pieces date from 1750 to 1860 and were collected by a man who donated them to the city. it's a source of great civic pride there.

those melon teapots are gorgeous! but just a bit out of my price range ;)

Willow said...

Oh my that tiniest tea pot would certainly fit the phrase ~ "Having a "spot" of tea" lol

Valerie-Jael said...

Now these are fun teapots - never seen any that small or that large before - good research! Hugs, Valerie

Krisha said...

Happy T-day and thanks for the visit.
What an interesting post this week, of course I went right for the melon shaped and very expensive tea pots...LOL

~*~Patty S said...

Really fun and interesting post!
That biggest teapot would certainly be a great photo op while out driving ;)
Happy T Day to ya
oxo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Golly, this was a FUN, fun read. I loved it. And the comments were fun to read, too. Impressive how much research you must have done, and how much time it must have taken. I really enjoyed it.

Thanks for sharing these interesting teapot treasures with us for T today.

Dianne said...

A really fun post! was hoping to see an image of the oldest Chinese tea pot, but not to be...and surprised they were cast iron. logical after you think about it. tiny tea pot is amazing! the tea pot sculpture in the tea pot museum is quite an art statement! love it...happy T day.

see you there! said...

What an interesting T Day post. I have quite a few teapots but the thought of collecting over 17,000 items is a bit frightening. I'm off to read everything on the links.

Darla

Super Stamp Girl said...

Hi Debbie, what a fun T-day post! I love learning random facts, so this was a great read. I was especially intrigued by the giant teapot.

Linda said...

Very interesting tea notes -thanks for sharing and happy T day!

Rita said...

Wow! So interesting! I can't imagine how anyone could make a teapot that small!
Happy T-Day! :)

Denise Price said...

Hi, thanks for your nice comment about my purple cards. Your teapot info was very fun to read, and some of the photos made me smile. Happy T Day!

dawn said...

WOW, this was soooo fun to read!! I loved each one, especially love those ones that look like pumpkins. I can't imagine ever having a 17,000 of something though.
I hope you do this again, loved it!!

Thank you for sharing these with us and Happy T Day to you!!

Vicki Miller said...

What an amazing post and such wonderful tea pots. Imagine having a cup of tea with friends IN a teapot!

Myriam Kozik said...

Happy T-Day!
Wow what a fun post to read. Thanks for doing all that research and sharing. Love that smallest teapot! So cute.

Ariel said...

That tiny one is so cute. Thank you for sharing all this information on teapots. That was fun to read.
Susan

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Wow these are so cool and pretty and teeny. Great fun. I have a few of my granmother's tea cups and a teapot with cups that a friend from Japan brought over when she came to visit.
Have a happy day
Nicole/Beadwright

Magic Love Crow said...

Great post Deb ;o) That little teapot is so cute! It's amazing the information you can find, when you start looking! Have a great day ;o)
(I saw Ray today! My heart swooned! LOL!)