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Teapot

1994 Fred Fenster Born: New York, New York 1934 constructed pewter part A (teapot): 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (29.3 x 21.7 x 11.5 cm) part B (lid): 2 x 2 x 2 in. (5.2 x 5.2 x 5.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ruth Neubauer 1996.32.1A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Fred Fenster’s serving pieces express his respect for family rituals. The unusual design of this teapot emphasizes the individually shaped pieces and the welds that hold them together, celebrating each step in Fenster’s creative process. Although the body of the piece looks like a modern abstraction, the handle is forthright, almost industrial in appearance. By combining these effects, Fenster reminds us that a craft object should be both functional and beautiful.

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decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - pewter