Time for tea

National Museums Scotland has a brilliant collections of teapots from around the world. This is a selection, but you can explore more of our teapot collection.
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Sencha teapot with lid of porcelain in the form of a white tortoise, Hirado Mikawachi ware: Japan, Hizen province, Mikawachi, c. 1780 - 1820

Sencha teapot with lid of porcelain in the form of a white tortoise, Hirado Mikawachi ware: Japan, Hizen province, Mikawachi, c.

Teapot of red earthenware with surface relieved with basketwork and with a sibyl finial: English, Staffordshire, Etruria, impressed WEDGWOOD, by Josiah Wedgwood, late 18th century

Teapot of red earthenware with surface relieved with basketwork and with a sibyl finial: English, Staffordshire, Etruria, impressed WEDGWOOD, by Josiah Wedgwood, late 18th century

Silver bullet teapot: Scottish, Edinburgh, by William Aytoun, 1729 - 1730

Silver bullet teapot: Scottish, Edinburgh, by William Aytoun, 1729 - 1730

Cover ornamented with an applied flower for a teapot of cream-glazed earthenware painted with Chinese landscapes, figures, buildings and flowers: English, Leeds, late 18th century

Cover ornamented with an applied flower for a teapot of cream-glazed earthenware painted with Chinese landscapes, figures, buildings and flowers: English, Leeds, late 18th century

Teapot and cover, pale blue jasper ware with white bas-reliefs of Sporting Love and Charlotte mourning at the tomb of Werther and guilloche band, cover and lower body ribbed, after designs by Lady Templetown: English, Staffordshire, Etruria, by Wedgwood, c. 1787

Teapot and cover, pale blue jasper ware with white bas-reliefs of Sporting Love and Charlotte mourning at the tomb of Werther and guilloche band, cover and lower body ribbed, after designs by Lady Templetown: English, Staffordshire, Etruria, by Wedgwood, c. 1787

Teapot and cover, cream earthenware moulded and painted in underglaze brownish-yellow and green, in form of a pineapple: English, Staffordshire, c. 1760

Teapot and cover, cream earthenware moulded and painted in underglaze brownish-yellow and green, in form of a pineapple: English, Staffordshire, c.

Octagonal teapot of red stoneware, polished and engraved on opposite sides with an escutcheon charged with a double L cypher and fleurs-de-lys: German, Saxony, Meissen, by Bottger, c. 1710

Octagonal teapot of red stoneware, polished and engraved on opposite sides with…

Salt-glazed stoneware teapot of classical design, pressed in a mould: English, Staffordshire, c. 1750

Salt-glazed stoneware teapot of classical design, pressed in a mould: English, Staffordshire, c.

Silver teapot with depressed circular gadrooned body on four feet, and hinged lid surmounted by a knop in form of a fruit, richly ornamented with foliage applied and in relief: English, London, by Edward, Edward, John and William Barnard, 1833 - 1834

Silver teapot with depressed circular gadrooned body on four feet, and hinged lid surmounted by a knop in form of a fruit, richly ornamented with foliage applied and in relief: English, London, by Edward, Edward, John and William Barnard, 1833 - 1834

Teapot and cover, cream earthenware painted in dark blue, pale blue and brown with concentric bands and lines: English, Staffordshire, Burslem, by Newport Pottery Co. Ltd, designed by Clarice Cliff, c. 1935

Teapot and cover, cream earthenware painted in dark blue, pale blue and brown with concentric bands and lines: English, Staffordshire, Burslem, by Newport Pottery Co. Ltd, designed by Clarice Cliff, c. 1935

Cover for a teapot of black basalt ware decorated in green and pink enamel colours with bands of floral scroll and laurel: English, Staffordshire, Etruria, by Wedgwood, 1810 - 1850

Cover for a teapot of black basalt ware decorated in green and pink enamel colours with bands of floral scroll and laurel: English, Staffordshire, Etruria, by Wedgwood, 1810 - 1850

Festival of Britain souvenir teapot and lid, silver aluminium with black bakelite handle and knob, with engraved images of London Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, the dates of the Festival and the Festival symbol; British, by Swan, 1951

Festival of Britain souvenir teapot and lid, silver aluminium with black bakelite handle and knob, with engraved images of London Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, the dates of the Festival and the Festival symbol; British, by Swan, 1951

Silver teapot with deep band of chased Celtic style interlace comprising intertwined gripping beasts enclosing a plain panel engraved with a gothic D, the spout terminating in an animal head, part of a teaset in the Celtic Festival style: Scottish, Glasgow, Edwards and Sons, 1917

Silver teapot with deep band of chased Celtic style interlace comprising intertwined gripping beasts enclosing a plain panel engraved with a gothic D, the spout terminating in an animal head, part of a teaset in the Celtic Festival style: Scottish, Glasgow, Edwards and Sons, 1917

Silver-gilt teapot with flat hinged lid with ebonised wood knob, engraved with cinquefoils and crosses as heraldic devices of William Beckford of Fonthill Abbey: English, London, by Peter Podio, 1802 - 1803

Silver-gilt teapot with flat hinged lid with ebonised wood knob, engraved with cinquefoils and crosses as heraldic devices of William Beckford of Fonthill Abbey: English, London, by Peter Podio, 1802 - 1803

Aesthetic teapot with lid, painted porcelain in double sided form, with on one side a flamboyant young man wearing a sunflower and on the other a woman wearing a lily, both in Aesthetic dress, modelled by James Hadley and manufactured by Royal Worcerster, British, 1882

Aesthetic teapot with lid, painted porcelain in double sided form, with on one side a flamboyant young man wearing a sunflower and on the other a woman wearing a lily, both in Aesthetic dress, modelled by James Hadley and manufactured by Royal Worcerster, British, 1882

Teapot and lid, of black matt ceramic, with metal handle, called 'Tea for Two', designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal, Germany

Teapot and lid, of black matt ceramic, with metal handle, called 'Tea for Two', designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal, Germany

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