This teapot is actually a music box but is also part of a full tea set. I have never tried to see if it is functional as a teapot. I have the full set; it sits in a display case in my kitchen. It belonged to my grandmother and was given to me after she passed away. I refer to the cups as "reversible" because on one side, they have the dancers but on the other side, they have the gold flowers. I display them with the dancers facing forward.