After researching some of the Bauhaus designers i came across a wonderful teapot designed by Marianne Brandt. In typical Bauhaus style the teapot is an addition number MT49. The main concept of the Bauhaus was “Form follows function,” pieces were designed to be mass produced, simple lines and minimal decoration were key. This piece however was never mass produced due to its complexity and use of more luxury materials: copper, silver and ebony. Brandt has used simple shapes circles, semi-circles and built a sculptural yet very functional object. The functionality of the piece is the in built tea strainer non drip nozzle and ebony heat resistant handle. There are believed to be only 7 of these in existence most of these are owned by galleries and museums, the last one to be sold privately went for £361,00 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York in 2007.
Marianne Brandt is also a very important figure in the Bauhaus movement as she was the first woman to be accepted into the Bauhaus metal workshop in 1924. Before this women were forced to study weaving or ceramics, can you imagine if we were told that today they’d be an uprising! She excelled and went on to be the director of the Bauhaus school from 1928-29. When the Nazi’s shut down the Bauhaus in Berlin in 1933 she returned to her home town of Chemnitz to look after her family. Subsequently she hasn’t gained such notoriety as some of her peers such as Gropius who settled intoprestigious teaching jobs in the US. In contrast Brandt was unemployable under both the Nazi rule and the eastern communist rule as the Bauhaus was considered decadent.