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International Decorative Art

Art Nouveau Tea Set

Art Nouveau Tea Set

Design Date
1903

Designer
Paul Follot (1877–1941, French)

Manufacturer
F.W. Quist Metallwarenfabrik (1890–1981), Esslingen, Germany

Media
electroplated silver

Dimensions
1 1/4 x 24 3/8 x 17 inches (tray); 7 3/8 x 12 x 5 inches (coffeepot); 6 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 5 (teapot); 3 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 3 ¾ (creamer); 4 3/4 x 5 x 3 3/4 (sugar)

This tea set by Paul Follot employs motifs from nature, an important characteristic of Art Nouveau design. The tray in this set has two examples: the spray of blossoms at the base of the tray, and the curved lines above them, which match the scallop-shell-inspired lines on the other pieces in the tea set. The handles of each piece are whiplash curves, also common to Art Nouveau style, which avoided straight lines. Though Follot often designed expensive, exclusive pieces, this tea set for F. W. Quist (a German metalwork company) includes mass-produced silver-plated bronze pieces. Follot later became a founder of the Art Deco Movement.

Not currently on view

Markings
Impressed "P.W.Q.K." manufacturer's marks on bottom and "Follot" monogram, top lower left. Engraved on bottom is mark with three diamonds, first and third have "P.W.Q.K." Center has circular logo with stars and indistinguishable letters. Artist signature engraved on top of tray: "Follot."

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
2013.0162

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