“Love and live Happay” teapot, c.1805

I am a big fan of ceramics with bold, graphic decoration, especially ones with text, and this charming example certainly fits the bill. This Prattware pottery teapot, proclaiming “Love and live Happay (sic),” was made in England in the early 1800s. Standing 5.25 inches high and 10 inches wide, it is painted in typical Prattware colors, including green, yellow, blue, and brown.

It appears that long ago, Mr. Butterfingers loved his teapot so much that he tossed it up in the air with glee, but didn’t catch it on its way back down. Sadly, the lid and handle shattered beyond repair, but thankfully a tinsmith was able to craft a nifty metal replacement handle so the teapot was able to be loved again and live happ(a)ily ever after.

This teapot with similar shape and decoration shows what the original handle and lid on mine might have looked like.

Photo courtesy of Agnes Ashe

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4 Responses to ““Love and live Happay” teapot, c.1805”

  1. John says:

    I completely agree about the attraction of bold bright graphics on all sorts of wares.
    I just acquired a giant silver flask from the 30’s which has all of “Bunnies” favorite sayings engraved in different type faces on the front. There is just something special about the use of type that transcends trends and decorative manias that drive people to collecting with out any real personal attachment.
    In addition to the decorative appeal the sentiment expressed “love and live happay” comes to life when sounded out phonetically.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks John! I appreciate your comment and look forward to seeing you again soon.

  3. Amy Quinn says:

    I think this is a charming find! Lucky you! Be Happay!

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