Limited-edition release of 200. Limit one per customer. With a fine-art sensibility, Olaf's complex botanicals provide an elegant contradiction to the powerful simplicity of the Bauhaus-inspired Arzberg teapot, such a wonderful and classical design. The German-born illustrator and artist who now calls Berlin, London and New York City home, rarely paints real flowers, preferring instead his imaginative self-created flowers as strong symbols for birth and death, beauty and poison and the diversity of nature. Introducing elements such as animals, insects, thorns and water to his fantastical florals, he enthusiastically explores a whole circle of life! The Arzberg Teapot has been a Crate and Barrel classic since the day we first opened our doors 50 years ago on December 7, 1962. Inspired by the Bauhaus school, its perfectly simple shape was designed in 1931 for the Arzberg porcelain factory in Germany. A young college student by the name of Gordon Segal first bought the teapot as a birthday present for his mother who loved making tea in the afternoon. When he opened the very first Crate and Barrel store in Chicago with his wife, Carole, he bought it again. And again. And again. In a 12-month celebration of our 50th anniversary year, we have invited 12 international designers to envision the Arzberg teapot as their artistic canvas. Each is a limited-edition collector's item, numbered and signed by the artist. -Limited-edition release of 200 -Purchase online only beginning August 1, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. central time -Limit one per customer -Packaged in a special collector's box crafted of FSC-certified pine wood -Includes Certificate of Authenticity -Pure porcelain -Dishwasher- and microwave-safe -Made in Germany
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