Coffee pot, from a coffee and tea set
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Artist:   Robert Mallet-Stevens
La Maison Desny  
Title:   Coffee pot, from a coffee and tea set  
Date:   c. 1928  
Medium:   Silverplated brass with rosewood  
Dimensions:   5 1/4 x 5 11/16 x 2 in. (13.34 x 14.45 x 5.08 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from the Decorative Arts Council and The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Architect-designer Mallet-Stevens was extremely influential in the advancement of French modernity during the '20s and '30s. He designed many avant-garde film sets, several notable buildings with set pieces of furniture (most of them in tubular steel) and metalwork such as this coffee and tea service for La Maison Desny. When viewed from the side, the mechanistic-looking set suggests a crankshaft or turbines. Only two of these sets are known to exist, the other being in the State Museum of Decorative Arts in Munich.

Name:   Mallet-Stevens, Robert  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1886 - 1945  
Name:   La Maison Desny  
Role:   Manufacturer  
Life Dates:   Paris, 1927-1933  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Stamp stamped, on bottom: [DESNY PARIS MADE IN FRANCE/METAL ARGENTE DEPOSE/(Desny touchmark)]  
Classification:   Metalwork  
Physical Description:   flat sides; flat base; rounded wood handle and rounded hinged cover with wood at edges; flat front curving downward to base  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , , Paris  
Accession #:   99.102.1  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts