"British Teapots" Cotton Canvas Tote, Metropolitan Museum of Art
This unique canvas tote features a group of vividly colored and shaped teapots. Representing actual stoneware teapots in The Met collection, each fanciful vessel has been translated into a textile design that suggests a hand-drawn illustration.
In 18th-century Britain, a vogue for tea-drinking and expanding global trade networks spurred a fashion for imported Chinese porcelain. British firms responded to this demand by developing their own ceramic tea wares, with production clustering in such pottery-making centers as Staffordshire. This tote reflects this influential English trend.