Tea ball and stand


Ilonka Karasz ( American, 1896 - 1981 )


Paye and Baker Manufacturing Company ( American, 1901 - 1969 )

Designed 1928
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General Description

This boldly modern tea ball and stand by designer Ilonka Karasz is composed of repeated conical elements upon a cruciform base. The resulting harmony of geometries presents a sophisticated example of the influence of contemporary French and German metalwork design upon American silverware of the 1920s. In 1928 the Massachusetts firm of Paye & Baker commissioned Karasz to produce a series of modern hollowware designs. While relatively inexpensive to produce, their rarity today suggests few were sold, likely owing in part to a dramatically modern design that would have appealed to only the most progressive-minded American consumers.

Excerpt from

Bonnie Pitman, ed. "Tea ball and stand" in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 258.