Collecting: Clarice Cliff “Tee Pee” Teapot

13 Jan

I love vintage western-themed china or dinnerware pieces. I have mentioned before on the blog that I collect Homer Laughlin china in the Mexicana and Hacienda patterns. This Christmas, Mother gave me a new addition to my collection–a teepee teapot. This 1950’s era teapot was created by popular English Art Deco ceramist Clarice Cliff for the Canadian tourist market.
The body of the teapot is a teepee; the spout is an Indian chief and the handle is a totem pole (apparently. To me, it looks like some kind of weird monkey?).  IMG_1527 Here is a better view of the spout. The detail is really nice and the theming is very cool. From what we’ve been able to glean on the internet, this is a popular piece with collectors of both Clarice Cliff’s ceramics and novelty teapots alike.IMG_1528 Here is the stamp on the bottom. It was designed to appeal to 1950’s-era tourists to Canada who would purchase items to take home. I totally would have bought one, wouldn’t you? IMG_1531 The colors of the teapot go well with my Homer Laughlin, don’t they? I love this piece–it’s very unique! The only problem with being a collector of dishes is storage. There are so many dinnerware patterns that I would love to collect, but I mostly concentrate on jadeite and my Homer Laughlin. People are often surprised to hear that almost all the Pyrex I have found or picked has been for the booth; I do not keep very much of it, at all. I like Pyrex but I really like it all and since I can’t settle on a pattern or color as a favorite, and I don’t have room for a huge collection of it…I tend to send it on to the booth rather than keep it.

Thanks, Mother, for the great teapot! And happy collecting to all of you!


Mrs. T


3 Responses to “Collecting: Clarice Cliff “Tee Pee” Teapot”

  1. shirley turcotte January 14, 2015 at 12:45 am #

    Looks like your Mother enjoys shopping for you..Neat teapot. Never saw this one before.

  2. lisa January 15, 2015 at 5:41 am #

    Interesting piece. I thought it was an elephant on the handle. Your Mother has terrific taste.

  3. rae January 16, 2015 at 12:41 am #

    that is so cute! i love how the spout is his headdress!

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