During its brief existence (1919–33) the Bauhaus produced a group of architects and designers whose work profoundly influenced the visual environment of the twentieth century. Brandt's tea infuser is the quintessential Bauhaus object. Only three inches high, its diminutive size results from its function. Unlike conventional teapots, it is intended to distill a concentrated extract, which, when combined with hot water in the cup, can produce tea of any desired strength. Here, the usual elements of a teapot have been reinvented as abstract geometric forms. The handle, a D-shaped slice of ebony set high for ease of pouring, provides a strong vertical contrast to the object's predominant horizontality. Although the pot’s functionality is carefully resolved, its visual impact lies in the uncompromising sculptural statement it makes. It is defiantly modern.
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Peter Hahn and Christian Wolsdorff, ed. Bauhaus Archiv-Museum. Sammlungs-Katalog (Auswahl): Architektur, Design, Malerei, Graphik, Kunstpädagogik. Berlin, 1981, pp. 106–7, no. 193, ill. (Bauhaus Archiv-Museum version).
Isabelle Anscombe. A Woman's Touch: Women in Design from 1860 to the Present Day. New York, 1985, p. 142.
Klaus Weber inExperiment Bauhaus. Exh. cat., Bauhaus Dessau. Berlin, 1988, pp. 132–33, no. 123, ill. (Bauhaus Archiv-Museum version).
Judy Rudoe. Decorative Arts 1850–1950: A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection. London, 1991, p. 22, colorpl. 15 (British Museum collection), notes that the British Museum owns the only other silver example of this teapot (no. 26); lists a brass version in the Bauhaus-Archiv Museum, Berlin and two bronze versions in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg and the Kunstsammlungen, Weimar.
Frank Whitford, ed. The Bauhaus Masters & Students by Themselves. London, 1992, ill. p. 174 (color; Kunstsammlungen Weimar version).
Klaus Weber. Die Metallwerkstätt am Bauhaus. Exh. cat., Bauhaus-Archiv, Museum für Gestaltung. Berlin, 1992, pp. 140–41.
J. Stewart Johnson in "Recent Acquisitions. A Selection: 1999–2000." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 58 (Fall 2000), p. 63, ill. (color).
Hans Brockhage and Reinhold Lindner. Marianne Brandt: "Hab ich je an Kunst gedacht". Chemnitz, 2001, p. 15, ill. pp. 14–15 (Bauhaus-Archiv Museum, Berlin; British Museum, London; and Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg versions).
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