- Museum number
Teapot, blue coloured stoneware, cast, unglazed, the lid with hollow recess and sloping rim by which it can be gripped, and a separate blue stoneware strainer or infuser. The interior surface has a very rough finish. The infuser pierced with holes, on base, lower part and in two vertical panels.
- Production date
- 1963 (designed)
Diameter: 9.50 centimetres (iinfuser maximum)
Diameter: 9.50 centimetres (lid)
Height: 10 centimetres (infuser)
Height: 3 centimetres (lid)
Height: 13.50 centimetres (teapot)
Width: 26 centimetres (teapot maximum handle to spout)
- Curator's comments
- The pot and its production are described by Henrik Sten Møller in 'Erik Magnussen' (Copenhagen 1968), p. 12: 'Right from his days at the school for applied arts and design, Erik Magnussen was preoccupied with the form of the pot, and he paid great attention to the practical teapot. All along, the aim was to get the teapot into a practical and functional production process. The molding [casting] technique and the thickness of the material were decisive for the first teapot from 1963 with which the raw, unfinished stoneware accentuates the precise form, underscoring that it is molded thing. The spout was molded as part of the form; the handle had to be placed on later. Sten Møller illustrates the pot, together with its mould, to demonstrate Magnussen's aim to reduce the number of plaster moulds for the casting process, so that the product was as finished as possible when it came out of the mould, to leave fewer possibilites for error. For this reason the spout was cast with the body and the lid has no knop. The pot was made in sand-coloured or light blue stoneware, and holds 1.4 litres. In 1965 it cost 35 Danish kroner, about $6 (Sten Møller 1968, pp. 27-29).
See also Henrik Sten Møller, 'Dansk Design' (Copenhagen 1975), pp. 161-2, for further description, by the Danish architect Klaus Meedom, of the casting process using a two-piece mould, which meant that the casting marks had to sponged off.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number