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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Walter Von Nessen, American, born Germany, 1889–1943
Manufacturer: Chase Brass and Copper Company, American, founded 1876

“Diplomat’ Coffee Service

about 1931

Chromium-plated copper, Catalin

Coffeepot: 8 × 6 1/2 × 4 1/8 in. (20.32 × 16.51 × 10.48 cm)
Creamer: 2 7/8 × 5 1/4 × 4 in. (7.3 × 13.34 × 10.16 cm)
Sugar bowl, with lid: 4 1/4 × 2 7/8 × 3 1/2 in. (10.8 × 7.3 × 8.89 cm)
Tray: 10 1/2 in. (26.67 cm)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
1982.30A-D
Geography: 
Made in Waterbury, Connecticut
Designed in New York, New York
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Provenance: 

Mark McDonald Ltd., New York, by 1982

Bibliography: 

Kristina Wilson, Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design during the Great Depression (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2004), 52-53, 85, fig. 1.28.

Susan Sternau, Art Deco: Flights of Artistic Fancy (New York: Todtri Productions Limited, 1997), 110-11, ill.

“Acquisitions 1982,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 1 (Winter 1984): 58.

Karen Davies, At Home in Manhattan: Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983), 114, no. 80, ill.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 220–21, no. 144.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.