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John Prip

Coffeepot
1958
silver and ebony
11 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

John Prip created this elegant coffeepot—more correctly a coffee server—to grace a formal table set for breakfast or dinner. The use of precious metal and superbly crafted design set it apart from mass-produced coffeemakers and servers available to millions of consumers. Made in silver with ebony finial and handle, the server is a perfect example of the twentieth-century design dictum: form follows function. The spout pours effortlessly without dripping, the finial is tall enough to be grasped easily, and the exaggerated elbow handle offers ample space for the hand.