French, 1897 - 1945
Five-piece coffee and tea service, 1925
samovar: H. 9-1/8 x W. 9 x D. 3-5/8 in.
creamer: H. 3-1/8 x W. 4-3/8 x D. 1-3/5 in.
coffee pot: H. 5-1/8 x W. 7 x D. 2-1/2 in.
sugar bowl: H. 3-1/4 x W. 6-1/2 x D. 2-1/2 in.
tea pot: H. 4-3/4 x W. 7-1/4 x D. 2-5/8 in.
Made in 1925, the bold streamlined forms and shining surfaces of this magnificent coffee and tea service epitomize the Art Deco style and the French silversmith Jean Puiforcat’s prominence in silver. Although painstakingly made by hand, the pure silver and optical glass forms embody the machine aesthetic emulated by Art Deco designers. Puiforcat and other designers of the 1920s looked to aerodynamic shapes used in modern industry as sources, concentrating on form, rather than ornament, in their construction.