Gift of the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Hand-formed earthenware with multicolored glazes (gloss and matte) and hand-painted decoration. The body of the teapot is a bust portrait of the Mona Lisa with a hand-painted face and glossy glazed eyes and hair. The unglazed portion of the face is textured possibly with inclusions of sand in the modelled ceramic. Two arms, a spout, and a handle in the shape of a locomotive engine were all formed separately and attached to the main body prior to glazing or painting. The piece is signed "Noi Volkov 2005" on the PR side of the teapot.