Offered for your consideration is this mid-century Hall China Harlequin Atomic Design Teapot on the Thorley Grape shape. This grape-embossed shape was designed by J.Palin Thorley in the 1950s. The Harlequin design by Ross Littell, assistant to Eva Zeisel, is an abstract atomic pattern of black and pink lines and gray swirls accented with dots that seem to orbit the central design. Finished in white with lavish gold trim, the teapot shape with its embossed grapes and old-fashioned curved pouring spout seems to be in contrast to the modern decoration, and is highly sought-after with this Eva Zeisel Harlequin design.
Due to its scarcity, this teapot is an exception to my normal commitment to offer only undamaged items and is recommended for display only. There are unfortunately two, old, hairline cracks in the bottom that do go all the way through. The worst of these is 1-1/2 inches long, discolored, and follows the curve of the foot. The other is an inch long and also follows the curve of the foot. Both are shorter on the inside due to the shape. Other than a few stray utensil marks and pinpoint dark spots, there is no other damage to this exceptional piece. This is a terrific display piece for the collector at a bargain price.
This hard-to-find teapot measures 5-3/4 inches tall, 8-inches with the lid, and 5-3/4 inches in diameter, 9-inches across the spout and handle.
Made by Hall China between 1952 and 1959, it is marked in gold with the rectangular Hall back stamp that reads "Hall's Superior Quality Kitchenware, Made in U.S.A."