The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 1, 2024

Coffee and Tea Service

Coffee and Tea Service

Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The British tradition of afternoon tea began in 1840 when Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, requested tea and snacks to satiate the pangs of hunger felt between the notoriously light luncheon and late-evening dinner.


Historic jewelry houses such as Cartier often leveraged their expertise with precious materials to create luxurious objects for everyday living. Consisting of a teapot, coffeepot, creamer, sugar bowl, waste bowl, and large tray, this set is exceptional for drawing upon Scandinavian design, influential in both Europe and the US during the 1950s and the ’60s. The unadorned surface accentuates the fluid form of each vessel, while the dramatic curvature of the handles and the striking contrast between brilliant silver and darkened wood add a sense of dynamism.
  • September 1997
    (Charles S. Rivchun & Sons, Inc., Cleveland, OH, sold to Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley)
    Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley, Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 11, 2022-January 8, 2023).
  • {{cite web|title=Coffee and Tea Service|url=false|author=Cartier|year=1960s|access-date=01 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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