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The Midsummer Sampler: block 6

My inspiration for this block also fuelled it's creation: tea!


the Teapot block


Although tea has been drunk in China for two thousand years or more, it wasn't introduced to Britain until the 17th century. Charles II's Portuguese queen, Catherine of Braganza, was a devoted tea drinker and made it awfully fashionable at court. The British soon became a nation obsessed. 

Teapots were originally used as ballast in the ships that brought the precious tea - kept well away from the salty waterline - across the China Seas and the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope and northwards across the Atlantic to the East India Docks in London. Which explains why, rather confusingly, we call our porcelain 'china'.