The fruit's bestowed powers have been used to give life to a teapot, Bunbuku. However, by becoming a living creature, Bunbuku lost its function as to boil water as it can be hurt by sitting over a fire.
This Devil Fruit turning a teapot into a tanuki is an inverse of the Japanese folktale "Bunbuku Chagama" about a tanuki that can turn into a teapot.
This Devil Fruit is similar to the non-canon mythical fruit Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Bake-danuki. However, the bake-danuki model is based on the supernatural version of tanuki featured in Japanese folklore, while the tanuki model is based on the real animal. Coincidentally, both fruits were "eaten" by inanimate objects.