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Coffee Pot

Pavel Janák (Czech, 1882–1956)
Werkstätte Artel
ca. 1912
8 1/2 x 7 x 5 in. (21.6 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
Not on view
The angular form and boldly graphic patterning of this coffeepot are characteristic of Czech Cubism. This important movement, which originated around 1911, applied the polemics of Analytic Cubist painting to architecture and design. The resulting highly stylized designs are as innovative and startling by today’s standards as they were in their own time. Janák cofounded Artel, a manufacturing cooperative in Prague that produced a wide range of household objects by Czech Cubist designers.
Marking: (on bottom): [illegible, possibly: PJ B/3]; [within "house" shaped mark] ARTEL
[Historical Design, Inc., New York, until 2000; sold to MMA]

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Significant Objects," November 26, 2002–May 2, 2004, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Curator's Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004," March 1–November 6, 2005, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.

Milena Lamarová in Czechoslovakia Cubism: The World of Architecture, Furniture and Craft. Ed. Koichi Inoue. Exh. cat., PARCO. [Tokyo], 1984, pp. 15, 68, no. 48, ill. p. 50 (color) (collection Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague), reproduces a version with a different handle.

Michael Třeštík in Artĕl 1908–1935: Tschechischer Kubismus im Alltag. Ed. Jiří Fronek. Exh. cat., Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst. Leipzig, 2011, p. 70, no. I 1.2, ill. (color) (collection Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague).

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