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Teapot: Guarding Eden Teapot

American
1996
Susan Thayer (born in 1957)


Object Place: Portland, Oregon, United States

Dimensions

24.76 x 30.48 x 10.16 cm (9 3/4 x 12 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

1996.353a-b

Medium or Technique

Porcelain; slip-cast, hand-carved and glazed

On View

Behind the Scenes: Classifying (Gallery and Lobby) (Gallery 225)

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Porcelain

Multi-colored, fantastic, functional teapot bearing a host of symbols from the natural world: pears and grapes adorn the body, foliage and branches form the handle and part of spout; stalking tiger and lion on foot; striped coral snake is entwined around the handle and its mouth serves as spout. Three-dimensional butterflies appear on snake, spout, handle, and detachable oval lid; other two-dimensional butterflies adorn the body.

Provenance

Purchased by Daphne and Peter Farago from the artist; to MFA, 1996, gift of Daphne and Peter Farago.

Credit Line

Gift of Daphne and Peter Farago