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Kettle on stand with burner

Designer:
Peter Müller-Munk (American (born Germany) Berlin 1904–1967 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Date:
ca. 1931
Medium:
Silver and ivory
Dimensions:
a - kettle: 5 in. × 10 1/2 in. × 3 3/4 in. (12.7 × 26.7 × 9.5 cm) b - stand: 4 1/8 × 9 1/4 × 6 7/8 in. (10.5 × 23.5 × 17.5 cm) c - burner: 2 1/4 × 5 5/8 in. (5.7 × 14.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Isenburger, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.439.1a-c
Not on view
Müller-Munk, like many designers in America during the early twentieth century, was born and trained in Europe, and his work reflects contemporary trends in European design. After the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925, the French Art Deco style became popular in America, evident in objects like this tea service. The rigid, geometric pattern incised on the sterling-silver kettle highlights the object’s industrial production and contrasts with the natural material used for the curved, tusklike ivory handle.
Marking: On kettle: 1) [stamped on underside]: P [within a circle] / PETER MÜLLER-MUNK
2) [stamped on underside] HANDWROUGHT / STERLING SILVER / 925/1000
On stand: 1) [stamped] PETER MULLER-MUNK
2) STERLING SILVER/925/1000
On burner: [stamped on underside] STERLING SILVER/925/1000
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 16, 2000–January 7, extended to February 4, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 39).

Newport Beach, Calif. Orange County Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 25–August 19, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Flint, Mich. Flint Institute of Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," September 14–December 16, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," January 11–April 7, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Charlotte, N. C. Mint Museum of Craft and Design. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 3–July 28, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Tulsa, Okla. Philbrook Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," August 23–November 17, 2002, unnumbered cat.

London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Art Deco 1910–1939," March 27–July 20, 2003, unnumbered cat. (pl. 32.1).

Toronto. Royal Ontario Museum. "Art Deco 1910–1939," September 15, 2003–January 4, 2004, unnumbered cat.

California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Art Deco 1910–1939," March 13–July 5, 2004, unnumbered cat.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Art Deco 1910–1939," September 19, 2004–January 9, 2005, unnumbered cat.

Pittsburgh. Carnegie Museum of Art. "Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk," November 21, 2015–March 14, 2016, extended to April 11, 2016, unnumbered cat. (p. 42).

Jewel Stern in Craft in the Machine Age: 1920–1945. Ed. Janet Kardon. Exh. cat., American Craft Museum. New York, 1995, p. 127.

Rachel Delphia and Jewel Stern in Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk. Exh. cat., Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, 2015, pp. 9, 174 n. 6.

Jewel Stern in Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk. Exh. cat., Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, 2015, pp. 42–43, 177 nn. 91–95, p. 189, fig. 24 (color).



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