October 13, 2013

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 130: Peter Behrens

Lot 130: Peter Behrens

Pre-production tea kettle

Designed 1908, this example executed c. 1908
Silver-plated copper, cane
Model no. 42417
Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG) Bingwerke
Stamped mark "AEG BW" and numbered "42417"
8.75" x 7.5" x 6"
Literature: Brohan, Torsten, and Thomas Berg. Avant-Garde Design 1880-1930. Cologne: TASCHEN, 1994. p 74 (production example illustrated).
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Inventory Id: 8168

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From a selection of different design components such as the cover, finial, shape, and texture, Behrens had initially intended to offer as many as 81 different kettle designs to the public; however, in eventuality only 30 design variations were ever offered for sale. The design of this cover and finial is not one of the 30 eventual production examples. It is possible that this example was one of the initial working models. A circular incision was made below the back of the handle and the circular fillet was welded back into place. It appears that the kettle body was mocked up to show where the electric socket heating element would be located. Following this use as a factory model rather than be discarded, the kettle was repaired and retained.

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