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Baby Oil Pourer

Decorative Arts

This prototype of a vessel for pouring baby oil exemplifies both the wit and the practicality of Eva Zeisel’s designs. What does it feel like and how does it work are two questions always on her mind. In this case, though simplified and abstract, the shape wittily evokes a rabbit. The body of the vessel is meant to be held in one hand (with the baby cradled in the other) while the hand squeezes the “ears” to open the spout at the mouth and pour. The object not only feels pleasant in the hand but also performs its function well.
MEDIUM Glazed earthenware
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES ca. 1940
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/4 x 6 x 3 in. (8.3 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 85.75.3a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Eva Zeisel
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Eva Zeisel (American, born Hungary, 1906-2011). Baby Oil Pourer, ca. 1940. Glazed earthenware, 3 1/4 x 6 x 3 in. (8.3 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Eva Zeisel, 85.75.3a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 85.75.3a-b_view1_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pink-glazed, lidded container (a) in the shape of a rabbit. The lid (b) pivoting from but not attached to the body (a), which has a round hole for filing and a small spout for pouring. CONDITION: (a) Normal wear. (b) Cork dried out. Old chip filed down at front tip of lid.
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