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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Bow teapot

An 18th century Bow blue and white teapot and cover, the bellied cylindrical sides painted with willow, peonies and rocks below diamond diaper rim band
The rims of the cover and flanges chipped as is the spout.
Sold on 29th November 2006 by Cheffins Auction House for GBP 180.00 (Approximately US $350.64)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Christopher Dresser

Christopher Dresser, teapot, 1885c. H. 23.7 cm. Made by Benham & Froud, London. Copper and brass, ebony handle.
Sold at Quittenbaum Auction House on 27th November 2006 for EUR 6,300.00

Luigi Colani

Luigi Colani. Prototype teapot - pilot study to teapot ´Drop´, 1970c. h. 16.2 cm; 30 x 21 cm. Stoneware, red and darkblue glazing.
Sold at Quittenbaum Auction House Munich 27th November 2006 for EUR 2,500.00

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Fred Dibnah teapot

Lorna Bailey is planning two teapots -featuring Fred Dibnah the first shows him pushing a chimney over - with the spout as the chimney and the handle as a ladder and the second, with Fred on a steam engine." The company are also manufacturing the figures for general sale, with a slight variation in colour.
A percentage of the profits goes to the Fred Dibnah Memorial Fund Appeal.
Lorna's father, Lionel, a life-long fan of Fred's approached his widow Sheila with the idea for the collection.
Sheila Dibnah said: "Lorna worked off some photos of Fred and I'm really happy with the final result. We are handing £25 from the sale of each figure to the appeal and the first batch has already raised £2,500."
The Fred Dibnah Appeal is being run by the Bolton Civic Trust in conjunction with The Bolton News and aims to raise enough money to build a memorial to Fred in the town. So far the appeal has raised more than £33,000. For more information about the collection visit or telephone 01782 837341.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Collect it!

The December 2006 Collect it! magazine has an excellent full colour 4 page article by Val Baynton about collecting teapots...BUY IT!

Crafts @ Cardew signing day

Paul has been sorting through his secret stash of teapots, hidden away from prying eyes since the move from Woodmanton Farm to Bovey Tracey.
Many of the teapots you will see are prototypes hand crafted and decorated by Paul during his “experimental” phase!
Schedule of events for the day:-

11.00 a.m. First auction of the day

12.00 p.m. Paul’s first signing session of the day

1.00 p.m. A well earned lunch break.

2.00 p.m. Second auction of the day

3.00 p.m. Paul’s second signing session.

4.00 p.m. Afternoon tea before leaving for your journey home.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hans Christian Andersen

The Teapot
There was a proud Teapot, proud of being made of porcelain, proud of its long spout and its broad handle. It had something in front of it and behind it; the spout was in front, and the handle behind, and that was what it talked about. But it didn't mention its lid, for it was cracked and it was riveted and full of defects, and we don't talk about our defects - other people do that. The cups, the cream pitcher, the sugar bowl - in fact, the whole tea service - thought much more about the defects in the lid and talked more about it than about the sound handle and the distinguished spout. The Teapot knew this.
"I know them," it told itself. "And I also know my imperfections, and I realize that in that very knowledge is my humility and my modesty. We all have many defects, but then we also have virtues. The cups have a handle, the sugar bowl has a lid, but of course I have both, and one thing more, one thing they can never have; I have a spout, and that makes me the queen of the tea table. The sugar bowl and the cream pitcher are permitted to be serving maids of delicacies, but I am the one who gives forth, the adviser. I spread blessings abroad among thirsty mankind. Inside of me the Chinese leaves give flavour to boiling, tasteless water."
This was the way the Teapot talked in its fresh young life. It stood on the table that was prepared for tea and it was lifted up by the most delicate hand. But that most delicate hand was very awkward. The Teapot was dropped; the spout broke off, and the handle broke off; the lid is not worth talking about; enough has been said about that. The Teapot lay in a faint on the floor, while the boiling water ran out of it. It was a great shock it got, but the worst thing of all was that the others laughed at it - and not at the awkward hand.
"I'll never be able to forget that!" said the Teapot, when later on it talked to itself about its past life. "They called me an invalid, and stood me in a corner, and the next day gave me to a woman who was begging for food. I fell into poverty, and was speechless both outside and inside, but as I stood there my better life began. One is one thing and then becomes quite another. They put earth in me, and for a Teapot that's the same as being buried, but in that earth they planted a flower bulb. Who put it there and gave it to me, I don't know; but it was planted there, a substitution for the Chinese leaves and the boiling water, the broken handle and spout. And the bulb lay in the earth, inside of me, and it became my heart, my living heart, a thing I never had before. There was life in me; there were power and might; my pulse beat. The bulb put out sprouts; thoughts and feeling sprang up and burst forth into flower. I saw it, I bore it, and I forgot myself in its beauty. It is a blessing to forget oneself in others!
"It didn't thank me, it didn't even think of me - everybody admired it and praised it. It made me very happy; how much more happy it must have made it!
"One day I heard them say it deserved a better pot. They broke me in two - that really hurt - and the flower was put into a better pot; then they threw me out into the yard, where I lie as an old potsherd. But I have my memory; that I can never lose!"

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

William Greatbatch

Lovely teapot made by William Greatbatch in the late 18th century in Saffordshire. Sold on Ebay 21st November 2006 for £750 (Approximately US $1,422.23)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Old Books & Gold Teapot

Old Books & Gold Teapot
Originally uploaded by ivyesque.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Claes Oldenburg

Lithograph on beige Balinese handmade paper tipped onto brown, slightly textured Moriki Japanese paper, 1975. 464x660 mm; 18 1/4x26 inches, full margins. Signed, dated and numbered 8/34 in pencil, lower margin. Printed and published by ULAE, West Islip, with the blind stamp lower right. A superb impression of this scarce print.
Pre sale estimate of US $6,000.00 - US $9,000.00
Sold at auction on 16th November 2006 at Swann Galleries for US$5,000

Noi Volkov

photo by Davie Hinshaw
Susan Sloan, co-owner of City Art Works, cherishes a handmade porcelain teapot bearing the likeness and incorporating the art of Marc Chagall. The lid is a floating couple from Chagall's "The Birthday," and the handle is based on the "Green Violinist."
The teapot was made by Noi Volkov, a Russian artist whose pieces typically feature the faces of master painters, such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as selected images from their most famous paintings.
Read the article here

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Natalia Milosz-Piekarska

Originally uploaded by form&function.
Congratulations to Natalia, who's teapot and cup has won the Ernst Fries award for excellence in silver smithing.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Indian Memory

For auction at Christies Amsterdam on November 22nd 2006
Lot Number 423 Sale Number 2720
By Ettore Sottsass, executed by Alessio Sarri for Anthology Quartett, 1987
Estimate 800 - 1,200 Euros

Troika Teapot

From the county of Cornwall where I live a Troika teapot with bamboo handle
Height 4in excluding handle width 7.5in
Inscription on bottom reads "Troika St Ives Cornwall"
Sold at auction 9th November 2006 for £300

Monday, November 13, 2006

Teapots as far as the eye could see !

Saturday, November 11, 2006


Beautiful Midwinter two cup teapot in
rare toadstool design.
Sold on eBay 10th November 2006 for £820.00

Friday, November 10, 2006

A drawing by Deb

Originally uploaded by deb takes photos.
Paul Klee said that drawing is like "taking a line for a walk." here's a lovely example by Deb!

Barbara Frey

Artist Barbara Frey will present a slide lecture of her collection of artwork at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, in the Fine Arts Theatre. The lecture is open free to the public.
For the past 32 years, Frey has worked with clay and spent the last 18 years building ceramic teapots and boat forms that investigate balance between order and chaos.
For more information see full article

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Weather vane

Teapot Weather vane
BY Otter Wrought Iron Products

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Teapot

The teapot had three cups tea.
To you a tea
They mutually exchanged it.
In the cafe in Tokyo.
drawing-pen, paper
More wonderful drawings and words can be found on Clearmark's blog Clear Art

Roy Lichtenstein

New York, Rockefeller Plaza Sale Date November 16th 2006
Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) teapot
Estimate 100,000 - 150,000 U.S. dollars
Property from the Estate of Horace H. Solomon
signed and dated 'rf Lichtenstein '65' (on the underside)
glazed ceramic
8¾ x 9¾ x 5¾ in. (22.2 x 24.8 x 14.6 cm.)
Executed in 1965.
Provenance Jack H. Klein, New York
This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.
In late 1964, soon after developing his signature Pop style, Lichtenstein embarked upon his first mature sculptures that included ceramic heads of women and coffee cups and saucers. The following year, he continued the series and created Teapot. The impetus came from his desire to explore the vocabulary of cartooning employed in his paintings and to put two-dimensional symbols on three-dimensional objects.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Garth Johnson

Garth Johnson is an unorthodox ceramicist, part-time teacher, dandy, and proprietor of the beloved blog Extreme Craft.
Read an article about him here

Monday, November 06, 2006

Derby County F.C

A rare piece of Victorian football memorabilia in the form of a teapot/trophy it was finely engraved with the words Derby County F.C July 5th 1891
Sold 5th November 2006 on Ebay for £550.01 with 29 bids

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Marek Cecula

Large Round Teapot with Yellow and Blue Squares made by Marek Cecula (Polish-American)Date: 1980
Dimensions: 11.5 x 14 x 11 inches
Signature: incised in clay and written on glaze Marek Cecula 80 NY
Sold at auction for US $500.00

Buck Rogers

A terrific 'Buck Rogers" teapot by British Sculptor, Garnet Wood. Ornamental only and not designed for use. Glazed with non food safe metallic finish.
Failed to reach it's reserve on Ebay recently.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Hot List the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles.
1. Cookie Jar (Up from #2) 2. Milk Glass (Upr from #5) 3. Teapots ( Up from #4) 4. Avon (Down from #3) 5. Fenton (Up from #6) 6. Roseville (Up from #9) 7. Carnival Glass (No Movement) 8. Pyrex (Not listed last month) 9. McCoy (Up from #10) 10. Halloween (Down from #1)

Tea for Three

Doug Rugh studied the methods and materials of the masters before graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors. In 2006 the artist was granted the designation, "Copley Master" by the Copley Society, after winning five major awards and acceptance in juried shows with work representing all three areas of portraiture, still-life and landscape painting. He maintains studios with his artist wife, Hillary Osborn, on Cape Cod.
More details about this painting here