When I was in Paris a few weeks ago I was strolling through the Musee D’Orsay’s decorative arts galleries when my eye caught this beauty. Dating from 1904-07, it’s designed by Carlo Bugatti, father of Ettore Bugatti who started the eponymous automobile company.
I confess ignorance of Bugatti Sr’s (1856-1940) work as a designer. He was trained as an architect but apparently never worked as one. Instead he became a highly successful designer of household objects — side-tables, chairs, night-stands, stools, tableware, etc.
Okay, I thought it was a teapot but apparently it’s a watering can! Or at least a model for one. But it’s simply beautiful, yes?
(And I’m sure I could have used it as a teapot although would have called for a rather odd-looking tea cosy.)