One of Thorley’s most imaginative teapot designs resembled the fabled genie’s lamp from the story of Aladdin, an old Arabic folk tale commonly found in early twentieth-century American popular culture. Thorley’s design originally had an oval top opening and lid, as seen in the green example here. A few years later Thorley developed a version with a round opening and cover that included an infuser to filter the tea like a teabag, as seen in the yellow example here. The Aladdin teapot proved so popular that it continued to be made in several sizes until the mid 1970s.
Infuser Teapot, 1941
East Liverpool, Ohio