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Teapot

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Porcelain
  • Place Manufactured: Worcester, England
  • DATES patented December 21,1881, manufactured ca. 1882
    DIMENSIONS H: 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Underside of (a) main body: in purple paint in script 'Budge' printed in purple transfer: [registration mark]/ [company logo] Royal Worcester. (b) interior of stopper part of lid, in red paint: '3, [painters mark]'
    INSCRIPTIONS Underside of (a) main body, in purple transfer: " FEARFUL CONSEQUENCES/THROUGH THE LAWS OF/NATURAL SELECTION AND/EVOLUTION OF LIVING/UP TO ONE'S TEAPOT";
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2009.69a-b
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Laura L. Barnes and gift of John D. Rockefeller III, by exchange
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Attributed to Richard William Binns (English, 1819-1900). Teapot, patented December 21,1881, manufactured ca. 1882. Porcelain, H: 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes and gift of John D. Rockefeller III, by exchange, 2009.69a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.2009.69a-b_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Two-sided figural teapot (shape #870) modeled as a male & female English Aesthetic Movement character as portrayed in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta 'Patience.' (a) Main body: small, conical, two sided, figural teapot shaped as the upper body of a male (on one side) and female (on the other side) English Aesthetic Movement character. Male side: (Oscar Wilde inspired character) upper body with a three button green/yellow jacket with applied to one side at breast, a large, yellow sunflower with large green leaves, at neck a thin purple string tie and large white square collar. Female side: (Patience) upper body of a woman with a high neckline green/yellow gown with several rows of smocking at bustline, at neck a multilayered white ruffle collar and applied to one side of breast, a large white calla lily with dark green leaf. Spout is formed with one arm in long green/yellow sleeve bent at elbow with lower arm raised and hand bent at wrist, hole for liquid under palm; handle is formed with other arm in long green/yellow sleeve bent at elbow downward with wrist at waist level. (b) Lid: stopper like lid with figural upper section as head of man on one side and woman on other, both with heads tilted to one side. Male head with long, light brown/yellow wavy hair and with long dropping mustache wearing a floppy purple velvet hat; reverse a female head with long, light brown/yellow wavy hair wearing a ruched purple bonnet and narrow frill collar. Costume design for teapot emulates the costumes of the Gilbert & Sullivan opera 'Patience' first performed in London April 1881 at the 'Opera Comique'' and later at the 'Savoy Theater', London in October 1881.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (73%)
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