Marguerite Friedländer-Wildenhain
German, 1896 - 1985
German State Porcelain Factory, manufacturer (Berlin)
Teapot, 1930

H. 5 x W. 11 x D. 7 in.

The Bauhaus was unceremoniously closed in 1933 but its legacy—a rational approach to design--remained alive and a few industrial prototypes were put into production. These included pottery for the State Porcelain Factory in Berlin. Although relatively insignificant in terms of generated income and the wider context of manufacturing output, they are lasting reminders that the modernist industrial aesthetic of the Bauhaus and other progressive design centers of the 1920s were not entirely obliterated by the destructive tide of the Third Reich.

The soft mint-green glaze and clean surface of this teapot result in a design both elegant and modern. The teapot's form and function are superbly resolved in three essential areas: the spout pours easily without dripping (note the detail at the lip); the lid is countersunk so it won't fall out as the pot is tilted; and the large handle facilitates the pouring of tea with relative ease. Simplicity of form and timeless design well-adapted to industrial manufacture-- these are the hallmarks of one of the finest designs emanating from the Bauhaus.