And right he was.
|Our early nineteenth century English stand and teapot|
In our cupboards at Darlington House we have an example of such a stand that has not become separated from its intended teapot. It is identical in form to the stand I featured last week, albeit decorated differently, with gilt-painted banding and flora. We found the stand with its accompanying teapot in an antiques shop in Hudson, New York, a decade or so ago. Both stand and teapot are in perfect condition, and appear to have been little used since they were made almost two hundred years ago.
|The teapot and stand, united as intended|
Having a stand to sit underneath a teapot ensures that any errant drips from said teapot will be contained by the stand, instead of falling unfortunately upon one's linens or polished tables. It also helps insulate the table's surface from the boiling heat of a freshly filled teapot.
How delightfully clever our ancestors were, and how frustratingly humdrum it is that today such stands are not routinely provided with teapots sold in most retail establishments.
I have been so deeply moved in writing this post that I have decided that it is my duty to mount a campaign for the return of teapot stands. And I have already come up with a name for it, too: The Society for the Preservation and Reinvigoration of the Teapot Stand, (abbreviated as "SPaRTS"). I urge you, Dear Reader, to join me in my noble pursuit of this vitally important initiative.
Can I count on your support?
Photographs by Boy Fenwick