ILONKA KARASZ Art Deco Tea & Coffee Set STERLING Silver & Wood MMA. This is a well-known, iconic Art Deco-era design by Karasz, featured in several exhibitions of American Modernism. It was originally produced in the late 1920s as silverplate-on-nickel silver by Paye & Baker. This is a scarce vintage remake of the design , created for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the late 1980s.
There were limited quantities produced of the silverplated version. This is the solid sterling silver version , of which perhaps only a handful were made.
This sterling set is exceedingly rare. The pieces have scalloped/fluted sides which go all the way to the very bottom edge.
Flat disc lids exactly cover the interior rims, each adorned with cylindrical wood finial, topped off with a silver cap. Streamlined silver bars connect to longer wood cylinders for the handles.
The wooden pieces have a gloss finish. The quality of the silver work is quite fine, and the pieces all have a matte finish on the silver in the interiors. The silver body of each piece is approximately 4 in diameter. Dimensions by piece: - Coffee pot 7" tall by 6-1/4" wide - Teapot 5" tall by 6-1/4" wide - Creamer 2-5/8" tall by 6-1/4" wide - Covered sugar bowl 3-3/4" tall by 6-1/2" wide. EACH piece is marked "(c)1988 MMA - Made in Italy - 925".The sugar bowl is also marked with an Italian silver guarantee mark. Condition is SUPERB and as close to like new as you could hope. NO dents of any size, NO scratches or other abrasions. Micro-polishing lines if you want to be crazy picky.
It retains its gloss polished finish on the exterior, and matte finish on the interiors. My photos aren't the greatest -- it looks even better in person! A classic Art Deco silver service from an important designer of the era. Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing.
The item "ILONKA KARASZ Art Deco Tea & Coffee Set STERLING Silver & Wood MMA" is in sale since Sunday, August 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Periods & Styles\Art Deco". The seller is "leveille" and is located in Racine, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped to United States.