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Teapot and cover - 'TAC' shape
  • 'TAC' shape
    Gropius, Walter, born 1883 - died 1969
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'TAC' shape

  • Object:

    Teapot and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gropius, Walter, born 1883 - died 1969 (designer)
    Rosenthal (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed white porcelain, transfer-printed

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.386 & A-1973

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 140, Factory Ceramics, case 20, shelf 2 []

Physical description

Glazed white porcelain, decorated with a transfer pattern in brown of closely and unevenly drawn lines in circular rings on both the lid and body. The teapot lid is held on by the thumb while pouring.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1966 (made)


Gropius, Walter, born 1883 - died 1969 (designer)
Rosenthal (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Glazed white porcelain, transfer-printed

Marks and inscriptions

Printed mark in green of Rosenthal underneath Germany


Height: 7 in, Diameter: 5 in

Object history note

Walter Gropius was one of the most
influential architects and designers of
the modern movement. Born in Germany,
he came to Britain as an émigré in 1934,
and moved to the USA in 1937. His tea
set has an elegant profile, yet contains
many functionalist elements. The design remains in production.

Descriptive line

Teapot and cover, porcelain with transfer-printing over glaze, designed by Walter Gropius, made by Rosenthal, ca. 1966, Germany


Porcelain; Glaze


Ceramics; Porcelain; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


Ceramics Collection

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