Discover how this Art Deco silver service may be tied to both the interior designer of the Hindenburg, Fritz August ...
moreDiscover how this Art Deco silver service may be tied to both the interior designer of the Hindenburg, Fritz August Breuhaus de Groot, as well as a renowned Swiss watchmaker
Discovered with a lovely French calling card still sitting inside the tea pot, this fascinating find appears to have been a gift from renowned Swiss watchmaker Maurice Favre to newlywed friends. The four-piece set includes a tea pot, coffee pot, sugar bowl, and creamer. Based on its condition, the young couple may have preferred to display it rather than put it to use, or they may have reserved it for exceptionally special occasions. The mirror-finish Art Deco tea and coffee set features iconic stepped spouts, as well as amber bakelite finials and handles.
The text of the note translates as follows: "On behalf of the Director of the Swiss Balancers Factory, I extend to Mademoiselle Juilla, as well as her fiancé, sincere congratulations and wishes of prosperity and happiness on the occasion of their upcoming marriage."
Creator/Attribution: Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) & Fritz August Breuhaus de Groot Style: Art Deco Origin: Germany Age: 1930s Material: Electroplated Nickel Silver, Bakelite Color: Silver, Amber
Dimensions Tea Pot: 6.00" x 7.25" Coffee Pot: 6.75" x 4.25" Sugar Bowl: 4.00" x 5.50" Creamer: 4.00" x 4.25"
Weight Tea Pot: 13.63 oz. Coffee Pot: 1.25 lbs. Sugar Bowl: 6.85 oz. Creamer: 4.25 oz.
Condition: Wear consistent with age and use: scratches, minor dents, discoloration, etc.
Fritz August Breuhaus de Groot (1883-1960) was a designer and architect best known for the interior of the doomed Zeppelin Hindenburg, which infamously burst into flames over Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937. It was during this same time period that Breuhaus de Groot, a student of the Bauhaus school, is said to have designed this tea and coffee service. From its streamlined, lightweight structure to the tiny exposed bolts on its bakelite handles, the entire set epitomizes the opulent industrialism of the airship era.
Maurice Favre (1888-1961) was a “master watchcase maker,” known for his chased gold and silver fob-watch cases. Revered in the Swiss-watchmaking community, a bronze bust of his likeness is featured at the entrance of the UNESCO-recognized Musée International d'Horlogerie (The International Clockmaking Museum) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) was founded in 1853 and traces its roots to a metal factory integral in the construction of the Geislinger Steige, Europe’s steepest railway line in the mid-1800s. It went on to produce decorative metalware and by 1862, WMF had already garnered a prestigious gold medal at the World Exhibition in London. Now highly sought-after, WMF special collections were created by famous designers such as Breuhaus de Groot, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Kurt Radtke, and Paul Hastein, to name a few.
References: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) The Maurice Favre Foundation
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