Tea Service: Sugar Bowl

  • Michael Banner, Maureen Banner, Tea Service: Sugar Bowl, 1991, hollow formed, cut, hammered, annealed, filed, soldered, and polished sterling silver and cloisonné enamel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 1994.78.2A-B, © 1991, Michael and Maureen Banner

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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.

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"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

Title
Tea Service: Sugar Bowl
Artists
Date
1991
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
overall: 2 1/4 x 3 3/8 x 2 7/8 in. (5.8 x 8.6 x 7.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Mediums
Mediums Description
hollow formed, cut, hammered, annealed, filed, soldered, and polished sterling silver and cloisonné enamel
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – dish
Object Number
1994.78.2A-B
Palette
Linked Open Data
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