20th Century Chocolate Pots

Update: Apologies for anyone looking for marshmallows; they have been moved here

Most of the chocolate pots from the 20th century were manufactured in the years between 1900 and 1949.  During this short period, there are many changes in design in chocolate pots.  Floral designs were still popular, but more companies started using specific species of flowers on their chocolate pots.  Scenic designs also became popular depicting people, animals and geisha.  The color palate also became more diverse offering very bright and vivid colors as well as subdued colors.

Each country began to show their specific style in chocolate pots.  The Germans were bigger at the top and were more rounded towards the top.  The handles were more elaborate and were often gilded in gold.  Silver was used less and less as it became more expensive to use and own.  Porcelain was less expensive, so that was the material of choice.  The Germans still preferred the old-fashioned floral motif with roses being the prominent flower in their designs.

The French continued making chocolate pots that were big and round at the bottom.  They were mostly white, the color palate was subdued and the design consisted of small clusters of flowers scattered throughout the design or it would depict a scene on one or two side of the chocolate pot.  Gold was used, but mostly as an accent.

England manufactured a huge variety of chocolate pots during this time period.  They made chocolate pots out of copper, pewter, silver and porcelain.  English chocolate pots were shorter than those found in other countries, but they still manufacturer some tall designs.  The metal pots were all very simple and plain.  The porcelain chocolate pots found in England depicted a vast number of subjects including flowers, animals and landscapes.

The Japanese pots, once again, were not used all that much in Japan.  Instead, they were exported to North America and Europe.  They were wide at the top and the bottom and skinny in the middle – more of an hourglass shape.  The Japanese used the chocolate pots almost like a canvas and depicted flowers, animals (both real and mythological), landscapes and people (mostly geisha).

There are few chocolate pots remaining from this time period.  Mostly because there were not many manufacturer in this era.  It is thought that less chocolate pots were produced since it was more fashionable to drink tea and coffee.  Drinking chocolate was considered passé.  Since there has been a growing interest in chocolate, drinking chocolate (both hot and cold) have seen a resurgence.  Perhaps the idea of the chocolate pot will again became all the rage.

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