H. 4-1/4, W. 12-3/4, D. 7-5/8 in. (10.8 x 32.4 x 19.4 cm)
Gift of Henry and Barbara Neugass Shire, 2001
Not on view
Intrigued by Shire’s sculptural and geometric teapots, Sottsass invited the Los Angeles–based architect and designer to work with the Memphis group in Milan. This teapot reflects both Shire’s interest in revolutionizing pottery design and the Memphis goal to create functional objects with historic or symbolic meaning and emotional appeal. It was produced in various colorways and recalls the Bauhaus in its composition of pure geometric volumes and the Wiener Werkstätte in its handmade production and patterning.
Inscription: Signed, dated, and inscribed (on bottom, in black glaze): 1981 SHIRE EX P / 7A [in triangle]; (inside lid, in black): 7A
the designer's family (until 2001; their gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Significant Objects," November 26, 2002–May 2, 2004, no catalogue.