Text by Britt E. Stafford • Photography by Nicole Du Bois
The teapot is, most notably, one of the key accoutrements to grace a table set for afternoon tea. To be able to utilize these lovely pieces of china for a variety of occasions helps make them precious to their owners.
Noritake has manufactured beautiful wares for the table since 1914. Originally a part of a trading company founded by the Morimura Brothers in New York in the late 19th century operations for Noritake were moved in 1904 to its namesake village in Japan. A decade later, its first porcelain dinnerware plate was ready for export. Produced circa 1930 Noritake’s Vornay Red teapot is perfect for an elegant afternoon tea. The combination of ivory and white along with intricate gold scrollwork touched with red around the lid makes this a versatile piece that can be paired with an assortment of patterns.