I had Brown Betty, the large brown classic English Rockingham stoneware teapot that tends to now cost about $60. The perfect teapot, and I found it at a thrift store for under $5. It turned up broken a few days after my cleaners had been here, but it was under the pot rack - I could have broken it (maybe...) without noticing, so I have to give them the benefit of the doubt.
In any case, I've checked QVC, and Target online, and Japantown in SF, and the Vermont Country Store catalog, Ten Thousand Villages online, and have been looking everywhere else I can think of since the tragedy a couple of months ago, but so far nothing really wonderful and under $50 has turned up. That's my price point - but I will spend more for absolute fabulosity. I actually ordered a beautiful red teapot from pottery barn, but when it arrived it turned out to be earthenware, which chips far to easily to be acceptable, so it went back.
Here are the criteria: generous sized, classic old-school but not upper-upper class - no Limoges Frenchified Toile florals. English or Asian looking would be nice but not esential, maybe blue and white or brown - even red. I do like Art Deco and Moderne 50's style. I've had the Fiestaware revival model in the past, but that round handle is uncomfortable to hold when the pot is full. If I can't find what I want for under $50 soon, I might actually splurge for that absolutely stunning streamlined "Alladin" vintage revival model by Hall (I think)...but what color? It's $80.
The teapot of my dreams should also be hard ceramic - not earthenware.
Have you got any other ideas for finding the perfect teapot??? Any websites? Catalogs? Vintage or Asian kitchenware shops in the Bay Area?