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Onion teapot | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1954 John Prip (American, 1922–2009). The onion-shaped teapot is in the form of a compressed sphere, from which the central cover and finial rise. The woven rattan handle forms a whiplash curve that widens before turning inward to the body. The cone-shaped lid seats seamlessly in the vessel’s bezel-set opening. An ebony finial is shaped to meet the lid, extending vertically in a trumpet form. Prototype for teapot produced by Reed & Barton.