Friday, August 9, 2013

Reed & Barton's Denmark coffee and tea set

I have a fascination with tea services.  I'm always looking for interesting shapes be it art deco, contemporary, rococo, or mid century modern.  I must have came across an article several years ago about American mid century modern silverware.  One of the design that caught my eyes is Reed & Barton's Denmark line.

This line was designed by John Prip in 1958.  After his gig at Reed & Barton, Prip went back to teach at School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as Rhode Island School of Design.  He actually did several clean modern lines for Reed & Barton.  For some reason, the Denmark line tends to come up on Ebay often with reasonable prices.  I've seen this set sold for just couple hundred dollars in the past.  In fact, currently there is a set comprise of coffee, sugar and cream for $80!  Denmark line also have flatware and comes in silver plated finishes.  Interestingly, the coffee and tea service comes in two different types of finishes: silver plated or pewter.  Pewter sets usually sells for less than $100 on Ebay.  The set is currently in the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.

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