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Tea Service: Creamer

1991 Michael Banner Born: Kalamazoo, Michigan 1939 Maureen Banner Born: Chicago, Illinois 1946 hollow formed, cut, hammered, annealed, soldered, and polished sterling silver, rosewood, and cloisonné enamel overall: 5 7/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (14.9 x 9.7 x 6.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance © 1991, Michael and Maureen Banner 1994.78.3A-B Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

"We're drawn to round forms that move and flow . . . for us, the vessel has to be a body with warm, rounder shapes." Michael Banner, quoted in Metalsmith, Summer 2001

Luce Center Label

In Tea Service the teapot establishes the form echoed in the creamer and sugar bowl. The trapezoidal form of the body reveals Maureen Banner's background as a potter, while the gently twisted handles evoke the growth and animation of an organism or an elegant plant. The cloisonne enameling in the lids creates multicolored reflections, while the rosewood punctuates the liquid flow of the silver.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

wood - rosewood

About Michael Banner

Born: Kalamazoo, Michigan 1939

About Maureen Banner

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1946

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