Collection Highlights

Wilhelm Wagenfeld glass teapot

Wilhelm Wagenfeld Glass Teapot

“Objects must do us good and make us take notice and think about them.”[i] – Wilhem Wagenfeld, 1948   Wilhelm Wagenfeld is one of the most significant German product designers of the twentieth century. He is known for creating simple practical designs for the average

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Hester Bateman, silver teapot.

Hester Bateman Silver Teapot

Hester Bateman (1709-1794, née Needham or Neden) was an English silversmith known for creating high-quality, lightweight home wares in the 18th century. BATEMAN’S TRAINING Like many craftswomen in 18th century Europe, Bateman was trained in her craft as part of a family business, rather than

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Édouard-Marcel Sandoz / Theodore Haviland, Limoges. Bird Tea Set

Édouard-Marcel Sandoz Bird Tea Set

This tea set, designed by Édouard-Marcel Sandoz (Swiss, 1881-1971), 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

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Ron Meyers, Face Teapot

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,

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Gary Noffke Silver Teapot

Gary Noffke Silver Teapot

Gary Lee Noffke (American, b. 1948) is a complex person who cannot be pigeonholed. He is often described as a metalsmith’s metalsmith, a pacesetter, and the “ultimate maverick.”[i] Although Noffke has often gone against the grain, he is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost

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Billie Jean Theide, Chicago World's Fair

Two Teapot Sculptures by Billie Jean Theide

Billie Jean Theide is an American artist known for creating sculptures and ornamental works in both metal and ceramics, which sometimes also incorporate found-objects or recycled materials. She is also an art professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a curator of many exhibitions,

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Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild Silver Tea Set

Lurelle Guild Silver Tea Set

Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild (American, 1898-1985) 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

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Kimberly Sotelo, Willow Teapot, 1999. Willow, 22.5 x 27.5 x 20.5 inches. Kamm Collection 1999.55.2

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,

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Miel-Margarita Paredes (American, b. 1977). Octopus Teapot, 2005. Copper and sterling silver, 8.5 x 15 x 16. Kamm Collection 2005.58.19

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

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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

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Jean-Joseph Carries Teapot

Henry’s Teapots

These two works of art were both acquired from the estate of the influential art critic, historian, and collector Henry Geldzahler (1935-1994). Geldzahler began his career as a student in the Harvard Fine Arts Department, but left before completing his doctorate to become a curatorial

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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

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