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"Diament" dinette set

designed 1928
Designed by Jean G. Theobald (American, active 1920s–1930s), Manufactured by Wilcox Silver Plate Company, a Division of International Silver Company (active 1867–about 1960)


Object Place: Meriden, Connecticut

Dimensions

Overall: 20.32 x 33.02 x 12.07 cm (8 x 13 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2014.1295.1-4

Medium or Technique

Silverplate, plastic

On View

John Axelrod Gallery (Gallery 326)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The four piece dinette set is composed of a tray, teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl. The elongated octagonal tray rests on four stepped feet attached on opposing sides. The sides of the tray rise vertically from a stepped edge to an inversely stepped rim that extends perpendicularly on opposing sides into trapezoidal handles that overhang two of the feet and rise in two tiers. The teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl nestle within the tray. The trapezoidal creamer and sugar bowl flank the square teapot. Each piece has smooth sides that gently taper inward from base to top. Their stepped lids rise in two tiers to a Bakelite handle in the shape of an upright quarter cylinder that is connected to the back edge of the lid’s top tier by a rectangular metal step. Strap handles extend perpendicularly from the top edge of each, arcing back to the body and attaching just above the edge of the tray. The lids of the teapot and creamer are hinged at the back near the handle while that of the sugar bowl lifts off. The teapot has a triangular spout that attaches to the body directly beneath the top edge opposite the handle.

Provenance

2014, gift of John Axelrod to the MFA. (Accession date: October 29, 2014)

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection