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A Rare American Modernist ''Continental'' Six-Piece Coffee and Tea Service, model no. C342
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 14,400 USD
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694
A Rare American Modernist ''Continental'' Six-Piece Coffee and Tea Service, model no. C342
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 14,400 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important 20th Century Design

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A Rare American Modernist ''Continental'' Six-Piece Coffee and Tea Service, model no. C342

comprising coffee pot, teapot, creamer, covered sugar bowl, waste bowl, and tray


each piece stamped with firm's mark and engraved S
silver and ivory
coffee pot: 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm) high
tray: 25 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. (64.5 x 27.3 cm)
ca. 1934
manufactured by the Simpson, Hall, Miller Division of International Silver Company, Meriden, CT
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Literature

International Silver Company, record sheet, n.d., The Meridien Historical Society, Inc., Meriden, CT (for a period illustration and price list of the complete six-piece service)
David A. Hanks, Donald Deskey: Decorative Designs and Interiors, New York, 1987, p. 20 (for a similar coffee service designed by Donald Deskey for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 1934 exhibition Contemporary American Industrial Art)

Catalogue Note

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.

Important 20th Century Design

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New York