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Teapot Teapot

This is a teapot. It was designed by Chunghi Choo and made by Chunghi Choo. It is dated 1988 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is silver-plated copper, anodized aluminum, onyx. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Choo creates vessels intended to add heightened sensuousness and a feeling of celebration to daily life. Choo says of this piece that the “handle and knob are three-dimensional transcriptions of strokes of my brush calligraphy; sweeping movements of my brush . . . give [my work] a flowing line of energy.”

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Going with the Flow.

It is credited Purchase in memory of Mildred Rosenberg, Gift of her Family..

Our curators have highlighted 8 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Wood Chair Chair
  • beechwood, metal (screws).
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 2006-4-3
  • Teapot And Lid (Italy)
  • glazed porcelain with over and underglaze decoration, gilding.
  • Gift of George B. and Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1936-13-29-a,b
  • Bird Slip-on Brooch
  • sheet copper, electroformed copper, ribbon (silk).
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-22

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a,b): 17.3 x 45.5 x 11 cm (6 13/16 x 17 15/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Incised on underside of teapot: Chunghi Choo (signature) above 1988

Cite this object as

Teapot Teapot; Designed by Chunghi Choo (American, b. Korea, 1938); USA; silver-plated copper, anodized aluminum, onyx; H x W x D (a,b): 17.3 x 45.5 x 11 cm (6 13/16 x 17 15/16 x 4 5/16 in.); Purchase in memory of Mildred Rosenberg, Gift of her Family.; 1992-33-1-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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