Clarice Cliff TeapotInterests | June 03, 2015 | Nik Manojlovich
A tribute to the legendary CLARICE CLIFF TEAPOT!
The way I see it, this Clarice Cliff teapot is a thing of beauty. It was designed in the 1950s by Betty Sylvester for the legendary queen of pottery, Clarice Cliff.
Cliff is famous for her hand-painted china patterns, many of which were created in the 1930s in the Art Deco style. Her early work boasts bold colours and whimsical designs – patterns like: “Bizarre”, “Crocus” and “The Biarritz”. These items were often signed by the artist and are now, highly collectible.
After 1945, Clarice Cliff produced transferware which was less expensive and more readily available. Transferware is often featured at antique shops and tag sales and if you’re looking for Clarice Cliff patterns look for: “Tonquin” and “Rural Scenes”.
I’ll share more about my favourite Clarice Cliff transferware pattern in an upcoming post.
Clarice Cliff also produced unusual novelty pieces like this teepee teapot, originally sold only in the UK. I love the cone-shaped central vessel complimented by the teepee topper. The addition of a totem pole inspired handle and a gazing Indian figure spout complete the function of this one-of-a-kind teapot. The final details include a run of moose around the base and a bold, colourful Canadian maple leaf.
I’ve posted a series of photos to better show you this treasured collectible. Simply click the arrows on the above photo to use our photo slider. Make sure you look closely at the photo of that hallmark. Look for the Clarice Cliff logo and collect her works!
That’s it for me – my kettle is whistling and it’s teepee teapot tea time! (say that five times fast!)
Listening to great music is an important part of every Weekend at the Cottage! For this post I thought I’d enjoy some music from Clarice Cliff’s early era. Head to iTunes if you’d like to enjoy Top 100 Classics – The Very Best of the 1930’s, Vol. 1 – Various Artists.