Unknown         1695          Brown Betty Teapot                                  

One of the earliest pieces of design, and still produced today since centuries ago in Stroke-on-Trent, this British teapot combines remarkable functionality with an archetypical design. It is made of special Staffordshire clay, which is said to retain heat particularly well. Featuring a non-drip spout and a bulbous form which allows the tealeaves to swirl and steep properly, every detail has proven for generations to produce the best possible tea, a ubiquitous part of British lifestyle. The brown glaze, which has always been the same, serves well to hide tea stains and looks good for generations of use. It may be a plain object, but also a robust one. Nobody knows who has designed it nor where the name comes from.                    


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