Teapot and cover

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The teapot was another unknown shape introduced into Britain with Chinese export porcelains. This one shows the rare Conversation pattern, with a Chinese-style moulded handle and dates from c1780-1785. Just like coffee and chocolate, it was claimed that tea had medicinal properties and could cure all ills, although some commentators thought it unhealthy in contrast to home-brewed beer. William Cobbett famously wrote of the 'corrosive, gnawing and poisonous powers of tea.'

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