comprising coffee pot, teapot, creamer, covered sugar bowl, waste bowl, and tray
This service is a slight variation on the iconic coffee service designed by Donald Deskey and manufactured by the International Silver Company for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 1934 landmark exhibition Contemporary American Industrial Art. According to period record sheets published by the International Silver Company, a complete six-piece ''Continental'' service cost $750, roughly the same price as a car. This service is distinguished by its extraordinary weight, lavish use of materials and sleek linearity. A four-piece ''Continental'' service of this same design comprising a coffee pot, teapot, creamer, and covered sugar bowl are in the collection of The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami, Florida.
Sotheby's wishes to thank W. Scott Braznell for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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