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June Teapot by Elvis Swift

Thanks for your enthusiastic response. We have sold out of our June Elvis SwiftTeapot already. Check back on July 1st for our Andrew Bannecker teapot. American artist Elvis Swift has been a doodler since childhood—art infractions during math class often sent him in a straight line to the principal's office. A ball of string or a spool of wire provide inspiration as he imagines ways their continuous lines might be arranged to create something decorative or illustrative (it comes as no surprise that his favorite food is spaghetti). Swift's appreciation of the "ideal" design of the Arzberg teapot led him to draw something simple to entertain the tea drinker without too much distraction. "The teapot's story is dogs and cats, night and day, polar opposites. All one has to do to is turn the teapot around and now you know the rest of the story." The Arzberg Teapot has been a Crate and Barrel classic since the day we first opened our doors 50 years ago on December 7, 1962. Inspired by the Bauhaus school, its perfectly simple shape was designed in 1931 for the Arzberg porcelain factory in Germany. A young college student by the name of Gordon Segal first bought the teapot as a birthday present for his mother who loved making tea in the afternoon. When he opened the very first Crate and Barrel store in Chicago with his wife, Carole, he bought it again. And again. And again. In a 12-month celebration of our 50th anniversary year, we have invited 12 international designers to envision the Arzberg teapot as their artistic canvas. Each is a limited-edition collector's item, numbered and signed by the artist. 50th Anniversary Arzberg Teapot-June by Elvis Swift. 5.75" dia. x 6"H
  • Limited-edition release of 200
  • Purchase online only beginning June 1, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. central time
  • Limit one per customer
  • Packaged in a special collector's box crafted of FSC-certified pine wood
  • Includes Certificate of Authenticity
  • Pure porcelain
  • Dishwasher- and microwave-safe
  • Made in Germany