Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Coffee Service

Designer:
Helen Hughes Dulany (American, Bismarck, North Dakota 1885–1968 New York, New York)
Date:
1934
Medium:
Stainless steel, Bakelite
Dimensions:
a: Large Pot H. 5-3/8, W. 5-3/8, D. 5 inches (13.7 x 13.7 x 12.7 cm) b: Small Pot H. 5-3/8, W. 3-7/8, D.4 inches (13.7 x 9.8 x 10.2 cm) c, d: Sugar and Creamer H. 2- 5/8, W. 3-3/4, D. 1-7/8 inches (6.7 x 9.5 x 4.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.722.12a-d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 903
This striking geometric coffee service is an important work in the short-lived but fascinating career of Helen Hughes Dulany. Based in Chicago, she established a factory to produce her industrially inspired metal and silverware designs in 1931, only to close it permanently in 1936. This set is particular for its dramatic flat planes of unornamented stainless steel and its introduction of Bakelite, an early plastic first used in automobile and electric industries for its heat resistant qualities, into domestic homeware.
Inscription: Signed (underside of each piece, impressed): HHD
John C. Waddell, New York (by 1999–2001; his gift to MMA)

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. 123; lent by John C. Waddell, Promised Gift of John C. Waddell).

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.

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