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CUBICO teapot and sugar bowl. Porcelanas de Coimbra (Portugal, ca. 1930)

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    Posted 6 years ago

    austrohung…
    (584 items)

    Although china isn't my usual collecting field, you all know I'm mad about good design and this (sadly uncomplete) set has it all: an amazingly bold shape, the most simple and yet the most striking decoration I've found on this design, and the delicacy of fine porcelain.

    The CUBICO range was designed around 1930 at Porcelanas de Coimbra. They made some great art deco designs at the time, but none as bold and beautiful as this one. No doubt they were inspired by the famous Cube teapot that was designed by Robert Crawford Johnson in 1917 (although put into production in 1920) and used at the Cunard Ocean liners Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth- What's more, I do believe the inspiration came from the silver version T. Wilkinson & Sons made under license around 1925, as the sugar bowl has the same handles, unexistant in the original design. In any case, I do believe this design have gone further in terms of AvantGarde style.

    I've seen online pics of complete sets and its surprising they didn't use squares in saucers and other elements but octagons, which may sound a bit design-inconsistent, although having in consideration how difficult it would have been sipping tea from a straight line cup edge it isn't that bad after all.

    In spite of already having a couple of teapots I'm planning to make this the “official teapot” at the studio -whenever a teapot will be required, but we usually use mugs and pour hot water into them straight from the ketle... -.

    Of course now that I've got a teapot and a sugar bowl I won't stop until I get a creamer in this shape and decoration... which I do believe must be a most difficult task. Cups and saucers would be a plus but... I'd really never use them. There must be a coffe pot too, so it would be welcome too, as well as dessert dishes ;)

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    Comments

    1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your love KEVIN, SKLO, JENSEN and MIKE!!!
    2. fledermaus fledermaus, 6 years ago
      A beautiful thing to lift my eyes and see this morning.
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunning!!!
    4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your love FLEDERMAUS, MELANIE, SEAN, KYRA, AGH and ARISELLON!!!

      And thanks for your comments!!!!!

    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your love CHARM, VIOLEDT and GTMOOM!!!!
    6. Rick55 Rick55, 6 years ago
      These are so quirky and cool Austro! I love 'em!
    7. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks RICK!!! I totally loved them the moment I saw them... real love at firt sight!

      Thanks for loving too CHADAKOIN!
    8. Rick55 Rick55, 6 years ago
      I can see why Austro... You just don't see such unique pieces every day.
    9. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Love it all but the spout really clinched it. Fantastic Austro!
    10. inky inky, 6 years ago
      Vely vely noyce!!!!!... :-)
    11. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for loving it FORTAPACHE, KAREN, INKY. DAVID, TREY and JIM!!!

      The spout (and the lids) is precisely what makes it so unique compared to the Cube Teapot. I haven't used it yet, but I'm sure it works wonderfully! vely wondefully! ;)
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      There is an antique store onboard the Queen Mary and they have a few dinner service - not many. I look on ebay weekly to find Queen Mary items since I live here in Long Beach but nothing like this ever comes up. I have seen it at the ship's museum. Love it and thanks for posting.
    13. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your love VALENTINO and HUNTER!!!!

      @VALeNTINO: the cubic teapot used at the Cunard liners was this kind of teapot: http://luxurylinerrow.com/product/foley-large-tea-pot/

      So this is what you'd find in that site.

      This Portuguese design I find much more beautiful, but being honest, the English one is perfect for a Liner. I do like they can be stored very easily. They would have had psome trouble with my Coimbra teapot...
    14. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your love NORDICMAN!!!
    15. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      MIKE, thanks for loving!!!!
    16. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      MANI, thanks for your love!!!!
    17. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks ROSE for your love!!!
    18. jptf, 6 years ago
      Beautiful piece. I never had seen something so cubic from my country porcelain industry...
    19. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Obrigado jptf! It might not be one of the most popular art-deco designs of the time, but it's one of the most beautiful and radical ones!!! (and, I must ad, particularly in this simple decor).

      I saw an amazing exhibition at the MUDE in Lisboa about Portuguese design... I was really surprised at its quality. Such a pity that we Spaniards know so little about Portugal!
    20. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your love, MANI!!!
    21. Gillian, 6 years ago
      Lovely, lovely, just simple and lovely.

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