Adie Bros., attributed to
English, active 1906–1963
14.2 x 9 x 19.5 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of Kathleen and A. Lorne Campbell
Decorative arts are often described in terms of stylistic movements or periods, such as Neoclassicism, Rococo, or Regency. This ivory-handled teapot, with its strong geometric formalism, is typical of Art Deco, a movement in the 1920s and 1930s that distinctly veered away from the organic naturalism of the preceding Art Nouveau period. All of the teapot’s lines, whether profile or decorative, consistently reinforce the linear arch motif. Art Deco celebrated the machine age, attempting to mirror its sleekness with streamlined forms. The aesthetics of the style permeated art, architecture, and design. Originating in France, Art Deco quickly spread through Europe and to North America. With its shiny materials, aerodynamic forms, and exotic patterns, Art Deco epitomized opulence and the promise offered through modernity.