HIC's Porcelain Blue Willow Teapot depicts the popular and highly collected Blue Willow dinnerware design. Originating in England, circa 1780, this richly illustrated design, featuring a weeping willow, pagoda, bridge and lovebirds, portrays the Chinese legend of a wealthy man's daughter who's fallen in love with her father's clerk. The father pursues the newly eloped couple through his garden and onto the bridge where they transform into lovebirds and fly off beyond his reach. Whether serving a afternoon tea or entertaining for the holidays, Blue Willow is casual enough for use every day, yet elegant enough for those special occasions. This beautiful 16-ounce teapot is perfect for enjoying loose leaf teas, chai, spiced cider, mulled wine, and other favorite hot beverages. Crafted from fine-quality porcelain, its natural heat-retaining characteristic to help keep beverages warmer longer. The easy-hold handle offers a comfortable grip for secure service and it's microwave safe for quick reheats. Simply measure in the loose tea, slowly pour in hot water, then set the lid on top. Allow tea to steep no less than 3 minutes so that the natural essential oils are released for a perfect infusion of aroma and flavor. Once desired brew strength is achieved, hold the lid in place and pour a cup of tea. A great gift for art enthusiasts and tea lovers, or hostess gifts. A tradition since 1957, HIC Fine Porcelain is safe for use in the microwave, oven (to 500-degrees Fahrenheit), and freezer. Easy to fill, easy to clean. Dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Not intended for direct flame contact.