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Tea and Coffee Piazza

Michael Graves (American, born in 1934), Manufactured by Alessi (Italy, founded 1921)

Place of Manufacture: Omegna, Italy


Tray - Overall: 7 x 41 cm (2 3/4 x 16 1/8 in.) Coffee pot - Overall: 26.5 x 12 cm (10 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Sterling silver with lacquer, aluminum, Bakelite, and mock ivory

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art


Silver hollowware

Six pieces: Coffee pot: square section body with festooned sides, and four support bases likewise square sectioned with festooned sides. Top corners have four little spheres in blue lacquered aluminum. Truncated pyramidal feet in black bakelite. Truncated conical lid with knob composed of four miniature silver columns and semispherical cupola in blue glazed aluminum. Handle in mock ivory. Teapot: same characteristics. Cream-jug: same characteristics. Sugar-bowl: same characteristics, two handles in mock ivory. Spoon: Handle in rod, spherical knob in blue lacquered aluminum Tray: Round, glass surface. Upper and lower spheres in blue lacquered aluminum. Ring and columns of rim and handle connections in silver, handles in mock ivory. # 83 of a limited edition of 99


By 1991, acquired by Donna Schneier Fine Arts, New York; 1991, sold by Donna Schneier Fine Arts to Daphne Farago, Little Compton, RI; 2012, year-end gift of the Daphne Farago Collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection