Friday, November 12, 2010
Collections 13 - Tea pots
It is strange to think of the value of an object being attributed to its previous owner, especially if an identical item is widely available. The cookie jars, for example, were elevated to the status of art works merely because Warhol had chosen them. There was a similar furore a while ago when someone tried to sell an 'original fax' he had received from (I think) David Hockney. It lead to a debate on what constitutes original art.
I suspect many galleries were uncomfortable with the question. Most promote similar vagaries of value, foremost amongst them being the 'limited edition print'; in essence a lithograph or digital copy (intrinsic value a few pounds) with a pencil signature in the corner giving it a putative value of, say, £250 - or, depending on the signature, upwards to many thousands of pounds.
My tea pots will never be worth much, but they are not an entirely random collection. You might notice that the handles and spouts are always integral to the design, rather than simply stuck onto a fancy pot. The latter is the more common practice with novelty crockery and finding the integrated designs was always a challenge.
Now I've pointed that out you might notice it on other tea pots; perhaps also on cookie jars, cruet sets, mugs... even works of art.
Posted by The bike shed at 3:15 PM
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I used to collect teapots too. Mine were smaller and less decorative but they had to be unusual.(one was an elephant, it's trunk was the spout). I boxed them up and realized I'd never display them again when we moved here so I parted with them. I don't think they had any value, but I think yours look good and you could probably sell them on Ebay.ReplyDelete
I have resisted the urge to collect anything except books...and fabric...and hairy dogs...ReplyDelete
It's always good to have a collection I think - it is good for the mind and the soul and engenders peace of mile. On the bad side you often lose a lot of house space. My vice is Lego... at least teapots are a little more grown-up! ;-)ReplyDelete
I want first dibs on the cactus, if you can bear to part with it. You have made me feel better about my collection of finger puppets.ReplyDelete
The novelty teapots don't seem to fetch much on Ebay, I suspect they have to be very unusual or rare, and then there is the cost of postage, and hoping they don't break. Maybe a stall at a flea market or car boot next year would be good. It would look attractive and may do quite well. I only collect books now really, though we do have a fine collection of cobwebs I just noticed....ReplyDelete