1) A unique prototype teapot which was almost certainly never put into production.
Three teapots by Christopher Dresser, 1, 3) 1879; 2) 1878
© V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- 1 & 3) electroplated nickel silver & ebony; 2) silver, turquoise, rush & ivory
- Height 1) 17 cm; 2) 10 cm; 3) 13 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £40,000 ( Total: £198,326; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- Andrew McIntosh Patrick
The startling geometry combined with modified Japanese references and yet strongly utilitarian character gives this teapot a unique, visual distinction. 2) The enamel-set teapot was designed to incorporate a Japanese ivory medallion embellished with lacquer and enamel which Dresser almost certainly brought back with him from his visit to Japan; 3) A rounded teapot with ebony handle given by Andrew McIntosh Patrick in acknowledgement of the generosity of the Art Fund and other funders.
1) Phillips, 1986; Brightwells, Leominster, 2001; Andrew MacIntosh Patrick. 2) Andrew MacIntosh Patrick, 2001.