The world's largest collection of veilleuse-thééièères, or nightlight teapots, is housed in Trenton, Tennessee. Created in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, they combined form and function as both decorative pieces and practical items used to provide light at night while keeping tea and soup warm in nurseries and sickrooms. These teapots came to Tennessee courtesy of Frederick C. Freed, a New York City doctor who gifted his southern hometown with the collection after 30 years of traveling the world searching for them. They were created by a variety of artists including Jacob Petit and feature designs ranging from the historic to the elegant to the comical. Some of the teapots bear Napoleonic insignia, and several in the collection at one time belonged to Napoleon himself. The collection of 526 is housed in the town's city hall chambers, about 100 miles northeast of Memphis, open to the public at no charge.
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Research Article| May 01 2010
Veilleuse-thééièères: Form and Function in Nightlight Teapots
carol penn-romine is a food writer and chef who has contributed to Cornbread Nation iv: The Best of Southern Writing, the Christian Science Monitor, Edible Stories, Food Jobs, and several books published by Travelers' Tales. She is past editor of Edible Los Angeles magazine and writes for various magazines in the Edible Communities family. She operates food tours of Ireland through her company, Hungry Passport Culinary Adventures, and is currently blogging ““52 Cuisines in 52 Weeks”” at www.hungrypassport.blogspot.com.
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Gastronomica (2010) 10 (2): 45–48.
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carol penn-romine; Veilleuse-thééièères: Form and Function in Nightlight Teapots. Gastronomica 1 May 2010; 10 (2): 45–48. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2010.10.2.45
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