Tea set

An Early Eva Zeisel Design


Designer Eva Zeisel, born on this date in 1906, passed away at the age of 105 last December. A major figure in 20th-century industrial design, she is perhaps best known for her contributions to mid-20th century American modernist ceramics. Her career, however, spanned more than 80 years, and we are fortunate to have some of her early works, including this tea set known variously as the Leningrad or Intourist tea service (Intourist was the Soviet Union’s official state travel bureau).
Eva Zeisel, Varvara Petrovna Freze, Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, ceramics, Porcelain, enamel, gilding, Soviet Union, Leningrad, Tea set, Pratt Institute, Hungary

Chrysanthemum Tea Set


This tea set, comprised of a kettle on a stand, coffee pot, tea pot, sugar bowl, and waste bowl, was given to the museum by Mrs. Roswell A. Miller, formerly Margaret Carnegie. The initials “RMA” are engraved on the pieces, signifying the owner of the elaborately decorated set. Margaret and Roswell were married on April 23, 1919, at her father's, Andrew Carnegie’s, mansion on 91st Street and Fifth Avenue—now the site of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
Tea set, tiffany silver, rococo revival, charles t. grosjean, japanesque