Bird Tea Set by Édouard-Marcel Sandoz and Theodore Haviland, Limoges

This tea set, designed by Édouard-Marcel Sandoz, is one of many tableware sets designed by popular artists for the porcelain manufacturing company Theodore Haviland, Limoges. Haviland History Theodore Haviland, Limoges was one of several porcelain manufacturing and retail companies operated by the Haviland family in the 19th and 20th centuries. The company first called Haviland […]

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Ron Meyers Face Teapot

I remember being captivated by Ron Meyers’ cups, platters, and covered jars as a child. The imagery that danced across the surface of his forms stirred my imagination. Initially his fish, rabbits, birds, and gestural human faces grabbed my attention, but then the forms themselves, alive and expressive, made an impact. Over the past fifty […]

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Gary Noffke Silver Teapot

Gary Noffke (American, b. 1948). Teapot, 1999. 969 silver, 18k gold, boxwood. 3.88 x 7 x 4.13". Photo: David H. Ramsey. 2008.62 A view of the strainer when removed from the teapot. Photo: David H. Ramsey. Gary Lee Noffke is a complex person who cannot be pigeonholed. He is often described as a metalsmith’s metalsmith, [...]
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Lurelle Guild Silver Tea Set

Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild accomplished more in one lifetime than most would attempt in seven.[1] Guild was an avid collector of antiques, a successful illustrator, an accomplished writer, an amateur architect, and most importantly for our purposes here, an industrial designer. Guild had an immense impact on American industrial design in the twentieth century. He […]

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Willow Teapot

This teapot-shaped sculpture has three parts—the teapot-body, a lid, and a base or tray that it sits upon. Kimberly Sotelo, an artist and furniture-maker, created this piece at the request of the art dealer Leslie Ferrin, along with another sculpture titled Tea Pagoda. Willow Teapot, also incorporates a tiered structure in the lid and the […]

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Octopus Teapot

This octopus-shaped vessel by Miel-Margarita Paredes is a fully functional teapot with a removable lid over the hollow space in the head that forms the body of the teapot, and a curved tentacle forms the spout. Paredes is a metalsmith and artist known for creating sculptures based on naturalistic animal forms. Some themes in her […]

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Sowter & Co. (England). Black Basaltes Swan Teapot, ca. 1805. Stoneware 6.5 x 10 x 5″. Kamm Collection 1992.57

Black Basaltes Swan Teapot

This stoneware teapot is attributed to Sowter & Company, an early 19th century pottery manufacturer. Sowter & Company—also called Mexborough Old Pottery—was one of several pottery companies in the Don Valley area of Yorkshire, England at the time. Other contemporaneous Yorkshire potters include Rock Pottery (also called Mexborough Pottery or Mexbro’ Pottery), Swinton Pottery, Don […]

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Tea on the Frontier: Geology in the Kamm Teapot Collection

Writing in his diary on Sunday, September 27th, 1869, William Henry Jackson explained that, “after his afternoon tea, he went to the depot to see the Western train come in and sell quite a few photographs.” Jackson, known as one of America’s most important nineteenth century photographers, documented the wilderness of the American West. Jackson […]

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