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Title: Teapot on stand
Date: ca. 1902
Medium: Brass, wood, and cane
Dimensions: 10 x 15 1/2 in. (25.4 x 39.4 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Isabel and William Berley, Classes of 1947 and 1945
Object Number: 99.078.108
Label Text: WHERE WAS IT MADE?
Although we do not know the name of the manufacturer that made this teapot, it was likely made in the Netherlands.

WHO WAS THE ARTIST?
Jan Eisenloeffel was a Dutch artist and draughtsman. Trained at the Rijksnormaalschool in Amsterdam, he was appointed head of the metalwork department at the applied art studio Amstelhoek in 1896. He became one of the most important designers of the Nieuwe Kunst (meaning New Art) movement. He designed objects like tea services and lamps for affordable mass-production in copper and brass. He also created objects using more precious materials. In his training he learned enamel and niello techniques. His designs including enamel won him distinction at the Paris Universelle Exposition in 1900.

HOW WAS IT USED?
This is an electric teapot; at the back notice the plug with two prongs, allowing the user to heat the kettle electrically.

WHY DOES IT LOOK LIKE THIS?
This brass teapot is a prime example of Jan Eisenloeffel’s designs. Eisenloeffel was one of the founders of the Nieuwe Kunst (New Art) movement in the Netherlands. He was known for his simple yet severe forms that demonstrated the construction techniques he used. Notice the small rivets attaching the spout to the body and the wooden handle carefully wrapped in cane.

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