Eva Zeisel, an extremely rare prototype Teapot with wicker handle from the projected South Mountain Stoneware line, Watt Pottery, Crooksville, Ohio, 1954-1955, with ornament by Michel Cadoret (1912-1985) that Zeisel called “Jungle Barnyard,” never put into production. Height at spout 5 1/8 in. (13 cm). 1620-167
Exhibited: San Diego, Mingei International Museum, “Eva Zeisel: Extraordinary Designer at 100,” 10 December 2006-12 April 2007; San Francisco, Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, “Collection of Pat Moore and Dr. Gene L. Grobman,” 18-19 October 2014.
Note: Dennis Thompson, historian of Watt Pottery, confirmed that this piece was a prototype piece. The directors of Watt Pottery were unhappy with Zeisel’s selection of Cadoret’s designs as decorations and the line was never produced. In 1959, however, some of Zeisel’s shapes were incorporated into Watt Pottery’s popular Orchard Ware line.