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Creamer (USA), ca. 1928

This is a creamer. It was designed by Ilonka Karasz. It is dated ca. 1928 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is electro-plated nickel silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

After studying in Budapest, Karasz arrived in the United States in 1913, where a little over ten years later she began to establish herself as an influential designer in a variety of media. Although her designs show multiple references to her European past, they also display a combination of modern ideas associated with her new home. In this silver-plated sugar bowl and creamer, she developed the idea of using one form and adapting it with additional elements and parts. The use of silver-plated nickel—instead of expensive solid silver—and the pure geometric shapes that imply industrial production, made these serving pieces easy to clean and maintain.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

  • Coffee Service (USA)
  • chrome-plated metal, enamel.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1993-150-44

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 7.5 x 14.1 x 11 cm (2 15/16 x 5 9/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped on underside of handle: E.P.N.S./P&B (each within a heart)/552

Cite this object as

Creamer (USA), ca. 1928; Designed by Ilonka Karasz (American, b. Hungary, 1896–1981); electro-plated nickel silver; H x W x D: 7.5 x 14.1 x 11 cm (2 15/16 x 5 9/16 x 4 5/16 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2013-54-3

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Ilonka Karasz, Works from the Collection and Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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