High Tea Pot

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Acquired in 2009 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Somers, Wieki
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
CER
credit
Acquired through the generosity of Gerard and Sarah Griffin
date_end
2003-12-31
date_start
2003-01-01
date_text
2003 (designed) 2008 (made)
descriptive_line
Teapot and cosy, 'High Tea Pot', porcelain and fur, designed by Wieki Somers, Netherlands, 2003
dimensions
[Tea cosy] Height: 23.5 cm folded, Height: 41.5 cm opened flat, Width: 38.5 cm [Teapot] Height: 21.5 cm with cover, Width: 47 cm, Depth: 14.5 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design (Victoria & Albert Museum 14/07/2009-18/10/2009)
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
The first prototypes for the High Tea Pot, made from 2003, were in bone china, but this subsequently proved difficult to reproduce. Five such bone china prototypes were made. The subsequent unlimited batch production was in porcelain, this having a bluer colour than the original bone china. In 2008, she began experimenting with a whiter porcelain, closer to the character of bone china. This teapot is the first to be made in this whiter porcelain body. Around 120 examples were produced using the earlier porcelain body between 2003 and 2008.
id
1053704
label
'High Tea Pot' Wieki Somers (born Netherlands, 1976) 2003 Porcelain, water-rat fur, stainless steel, leather Unlimited batch production V&A This teapot, the focus of the polite activity of drinking tea, is modelled on a pig's skull. Wieki Somers designed it for a project called Deliciously Decadent. She defines decadence as 'where the tasty and the unsavoury, the harmful and the delightful are no longer discernible from one another'. [14/07/2009-18/10/2009] WIEKI SOMERS (BORN 1976) 'HIGH TEA POT' 2008 This teapot is modelled on a pig's skull and uses water rat fur for the tea cosy. These bestial or animal references contrast sharply with the apparently civilised act of tea drinking. For its designer, Wieki Somers, the juxtaposition creates a sense of decadence, in which the tasty and the unsavoury become inseparable. The work was exhibited in the 2009 V&A exhibition Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design. Netherlands Porcelain, water rat fur, stainless steel, leather Acquired through the generosity of Gerard and Sarah Griffin Museum no. C.351:1 to 3-2009
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2014-08-31T17:19:01.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-31T17:19:01.000Z
latitude
52.108089
location
In Storage
longitude
5.33033
marks
materials
porcelain
materials_techniques
Porcelain, water-rat fur, stainless steel, leather
museum_number
C.351:1 to 3-2009
museum_number_token
c3512009
object_number
O1174652
object_type
Teapot and cosy
on_display
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original_price
physical_description
Porcelain teapot, modelled on a pig's skull. Slip-cast. The teapot has a small porcelain lid, fitted with a short stainless steel chain. The tea cosy is made from water rat fur, with leather ties.
place
Netherlands
primary_image_id
2010EK3842
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This teapot, the focus of the polite activity of drinking tea, is modelled on a pig's skull. Wieki Somers designed it for a project called Deliciously Decadent. She defines decadence as 'where the tasty and the unsavoury, the harmful and the delightful are no longer discernible from one another'.
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rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
high-tea-pot-teapot-and-cosy-somers-wieki
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
High Tea Pot
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
2003
year_start
2003