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Four-Piece Tea Set, Designed 1922, completed 1923

This is a Four-Piece Tea Set. It was designed by Josef Hoffmann and manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte. It is dated Designed 1922, completed 1923. Its medium is silver, ivory.

Although Hoffmann used traditional materials for this tea set, it is anything but traditional. Commissioned by Joseph Urban to support his Austrian colleagues, the set was made in Austria in 1923 but first shown in New York, where it may have been too avant-garde to sell. Urban retained the piece, and later script writer Frances Marion acquired it from him.

It is credited Lent by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the 2007 Collectors Committee, M.2007.52.1-.4.

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Its dimensions are

.1) Teapot: 23.5 × 7.62 cm (9 1/4 × 3 in.) .2) Creamer: 10.48 × 15.88 × 6.99 cm (4 1/8 × 6 1/4 × 2 3/4 in.) .3a) Sugar lid: 3.18 × 9.53 × 6.67 cm (1 1/4 × 3 3/4 × 2 5/8 in.) .3b) Sugar bowl: 6.67 × 9.84 × 6.67 cm (2 5/8 × 3 7/8 × 2 5/8 in.) .3a-b) Sugar bowl and lid: 9.53 × 9.84 cm (3 3/4 × 3 7/8 in.) .4) Tray: 6.35 × 60.96 × 12.07 cm (2 1/2 × 24 × 4 3/4 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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