Object of the Month: April 2024

Published: 29 March 2024

Art Deco Rooster Teapot

Grimwades Ltd, Ceramic, 1936

Chosen by: Heather Southorn, Collections Manager

Rooster teapot

This is a very colourful novelty teapot made in the shape of a rooster by Grimwades. It is part of a series of realistically moulded cockerels and hens named the Chanticleer series (Chanticleer being French for cockerel).

Novelty teapots developed out of the British love of tea and even from an early period they were being designed, with the Staffordshire potteries producing them in the shape of camels, squirrels and houses.

Heather particularly loves the personality that comes across in the moulding of this example.

In honour of National Tea Day (21st April), the Object of the Month can be seen in person throughout April at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.