Coffee Service

A work made of silver plate and cane.

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  • A work made of silver plate and cane.

Date:

1929/30

Artist:

Albert Feinauer
American, born Germany, 1886–1955
Barbour Silver Company, Division of the International Silver Company
American, 1892–1931
Meriden, Connecticut

About this artwork

This dynamic coffee service exemplifies German émigré Albert Feinauer’s unique blend of modernist forms in his designs for the American market. The cylindrical and spherical shapes of the three vessels are indebted to German Bauhaus principles of clean lines and geometric simplicity, while the stepped pattern of right-angle lines, circles, and arcs suggest the fragmented and discontinuous lines of Cubism. Feinauer’s designs for the International Silver Company unfortunately coincided with the devastating stock market crash of 1929, which halted the company’s production of these modern wares.

On View

American Art, Gallery 271

Artist

Albert Feinauer

Title

Coffee Service

Date

1929–1930

Medium

Silver plate and cane

Inscriptions

marked on bottom of each

Dimensions

Coffeepot: 23.9 × 8.9 × 8.9 cm (9 3/8 × 3 1/2 × 3 1/2 in.); creamer: 10.6 × 6.4 × 8.9 cm (4 3/16 × 2 1/2 × 3 1/2 in.); sugar bowl: 6.4 × 14.6 × 9.8 cm (2 1/2 × 5 3/4 × 3 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Mary Swissler Oldberg Fund

Reference Number

2014.996.1-3

Extended information about this artwork

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