Sunday, 26 October 2008

Teapot




7"X5" Oil on board


I spent far too much time on this one.


The teapot must be 100 years old and belonged to my grandfather. This is just a humble "two-cupper", it has "Imperial Restaurant" engraved on the side and my grandfather used it all his life for his morning tea. I am ashamed to say that I was the one who dropped it so that the lid doesn't fit properly any more.


My great-grandfather was part of the diaspora from Ticino in the late 19th century. Like so many of his countrymen, he was a restauranteur, the Imperial was one of three restaurants that he owned when my grandfather was growing up.



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