The right teapot and an appreciation for the best leaves can deliver a well-deserved reward. Pleasing to look at and functional, teapots come in many shapes and sizes. Steeped in history, the teapot, that simple serving vessel for one of the world’s most popular beverages, embraces thousands of years of cultural history and is more diversified than what a lot of people have imagined. This modest, nearly universal, domestic object is so familiar, yet its rich history and misleadingly simple form has made it an ideal object for both those who create them and collect them. Even in today's fast- paced world, teapots continue to elevate the enjoyment of tea with style from classic Chinese and Japanese ceremonial vessels, to elegant Victorian designs, to sleek contemporary versions in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials.