Coffee And Tea Service: 5-Piece Set
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Wilhelm Wagenfeld, German (Bremen, Germany 1900 - 1990 Stuttgart, Germany)
Coffee and Tea Service: 5-Piece Set
Work Type
Level 1, Room 1520, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art in Germany Between the Wars
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Physical Descriptions
Brass with mercury silvered interiors and ebony fixtures
teapot: 14.2 x 25.5 x 12.2 cm (5 9/16 x 10 1/16 x 4 13/16 in.)
hot water pitcher: 22.7 x 18.5 x 9 cm (8 15/16 x 7 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
sugar bowl: 7.4 x 11.8 x 8.8 cm (2 15/16 x 4 5/8 x 3 7/16 in.)
cream pitcher: 12.3 x 11.1 x 5.8 cm (4 13/16 x 4 3/8 x 2 5/16 in.)
tray: 1.5 x 38.5 x 25.9 cm (9/16 x 15 3/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
Technical Details

Chemical Composition: XRF analysis was undertaken on the tray (BR52.22), tea pot (BR52.23), hot water pitcher (BR52.24), sugar bowl (BR52.25) and cream pitcher (BR52.26). Both sides of the tray were found to have high levels of copper and zinc with trace lead, corresponding to a brass. The outside of the tea pot, hot water pitcher, sugar bowl and cream pitcher were composed of a very similar alloy. The inside of the lids of the tea pot and hot water pitcher had high levels of silver and mercury, indicating the use of mercury silvering to create a white metal surface. Some mercury was detected in a gray area on the side of the cream pitcher and reddish areas of the cream pitcher had a higher copper to zinc ratio than golden areas. The objects should be described as brass with mercury silvered interiors. Kathy Eremin, January 2013

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Hanna Lindemann
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
Exhibition History

From Werkbund to Bauhaus: Art and Design in Germany 1900-1934, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge

32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014

Subjects and Contexts

The Bauhaus

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