"Primitive" teapot

designed 1955
Manufactured by Salem China Company (founded in 1898)


Object Place: Salem, Ohio

Dimensions

Overall (with lid): 15.2 x 27.3 x 13.3 cm (6 x 10 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2007.426a-b

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

On View

The 1940s and 1950s (Gallery 336)

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Earthenware

“Free form” pattern, white ground speckled with brown, decorated with stick-figure drawings of people and animals in red and brown; bulbous with three rounded feet, a projecting spout, and extruded open handle and a round lid with a curved finial

Inscription

inscribed in gold paint on base: "free [dot] form / by / Salem [in cursive, surrounded by a circle and above a teacup outline] / U.S.A. / Patented / primitive"

Provenance

Purchased by donor on eBay January/February/March 2007

Credit Line

Gift of Brett Angell

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.