Five "Max 2" cups and saucers in box Designer: Lella Vignelli (American, born Italy, 1934–2016)
Designer: Massimo Vignelli (American, born Italy, 1931–2014)
Manufacturer: Heller Designs, Incorporated (American, founded 1971)

designed 1970, introduced 1971

American Decorative Arts

On view, 3rd floor, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design

Orange melamine, corrugated cardboard


Cup and saucer: 3 × 4 5/16 × 3 1/4in. (7.62 × 11 × 8.255 cm)
Saucer diam.: 5 9/16in. (14.1 cm)
box: 8 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 5 1/8in. (21.59 × 21.59 × 13.018 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Patricia E. Kane, Ph.D. 1987, and W. Scott Braznell, ArtA. 1967

Accession Number



20th century


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White elephant sale, Sea Fair, Annisquam, Massachusetts, 23 July 2005, by purchase to W. Scott Braznell and Patricia E. Kane.
  • John Stuart Gordon, "Oggetti per eleganza: The Silver of Lella Vignelli and San Lorenzo," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2018), 22–23, fig. 3
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006), 211
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Women designers


Each: "DESIGNED BY MASSIMO VIGNELLI MADE IN ITALY HELLER MAX 2" molded into plastic in circular style on underside of base.


"$2.00/BOX" in ballpoint pen underside of lid.

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