With the introduction of tea, spices and luxury goods from China into Europe during the 17th Century, the silver teapot was established. Designs were inspired from Chinese stoneware and porcelain teapots which accompanied the imported tea. The tea commanded high prices the wealthy could only afford. Small silver teapots were produced as this reflected the importance of serving and the expense of acquiring tea. Teasets and services evolved to make the occasion of drinking tea a grand occasion. Grates were introduced at the intersection of the spout to retain the loose leaves. So the teapot could could be picked up and poured, fruit wood handles or inbetween the silver handles ivory insulators were used.
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