“Here are my own eleven rules, every one of which I regard as golden” – George Orwell.

Though Brits remain divided on how tea should be made and served (and go as far to dispute even George Orwell’s 11 golden rules), we are unquestionably united in our love of the beverage. It remains a staple in many households across Great Britain and throughout the world.

George Orwell, author of 'A Nice Cup of Tea', enjoying his own cup George Orwell, author of 'A Nice Cup of Tea', enjoying his own cup

When one is cold, upset or fatigued, a comforting cup of tea is just the remedy. “A nice cup of tea” is warming, heartening and easing on the soul.

Are you suddenly finding yourself rummaging around the kitchen in attempt to brew a cup of tea? Whether or not you follow Orwell’s guidelines, you’d be remiss to serve it without a teapot of note – and we’re here to help.

Catawiki have plenty of teapots of all types available for purchase this week on Barnebys: from vintage and antique to modern, hand-painted, clay, ceramic, silver-plated and more.

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Their sterling silver 1825 George IV William Eley teapot is a stunning piece and one that would be well-suited to any British home. Despite its age, the silver antique is in good condition with no dents, no restorations and no damage. It is 25 cm in length, or 28 cm from handle to sprout, and weighs 740 grams.

Perhaps a loving partner for this teapot is a sterling silver 1869 Arthur Sibley Victorian chiselled kettle on stand and burner. Also in very good condition, this piece is 1935 grams and 35 cm in height. The samovar capacity is 2.4 litres.

Another teapot to catch our eye is this enamelled 20th-century Russian pot, complete with sugar bowl and milk jug. The distinctive turquoise and dark blues are offset against the black and white oval and triangular patterns. Total weight is 810 grams and the teapot measures 11.5 cm, the sugar bowl 4 cm, and the milk jug 7 cm.

If you’re after more of an Eastern style, we would recommend this Yixing Teapot from China, made during the second half of the 20th century. The design of the brown stoneware pot is rounded and full: curved in the neck, lid, handle and sides, and the base is stamped with  Chinese making. It measures a height of 9.5 cm and a length of 15 cm.

What do you serve with your tea? What do you serve with your tea?

However you take your tea, we can’t go pass serving it in any one of the teapots from Catawiki.

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