Art Deco Machine Age Coffee Service Set by Walter Von Nessen for Chase For Sale
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Art Deco Machine Age Coffee Service Set by Walter Von Nessen for Chase

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Iconic Art Deco coffee and tea service set with stylized Machine Age design. All pieces have chrome finish with bakelite handles and accents in ivory and cognac. The serving set includes an electric coffee pot, sugar, creamer, serving tray, and napkin holder. Pot works but is fickle and sometimes does not percolate. Best used as decorative objects for the Art Deco enthusiast. Signed Chase and designed by Walter Von Nessen.       

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Coffee pot heats up and begins percolating, but at times does not generate the necessary heat or percolation. Best as decorative objects for the Art Deco enthusiast.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 8 in. x Dm 11.75 in.H 20.32 cm x Dm 29.85 cm
  • Diameter
    11.75 in. (29.85 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Sold As
    Set of 5
  • Reference Number
    LU911014688832
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About Walter Von Nessen (Designer)

Art Deco industrial designer Walter von Nessen is best known for his glamorous Machine Age lighting designs and for his invention of the swing-arm lamp. Von Nessen was born in Germany, where he studied under Bruno Paul at Berlin’s Kunstgewerbeschule. After World War I, he worked for the architect Peter Behrens, in Berlin. He left in 1919 for Stockholm, where he designed furniture until emigrating with his wife, Margaretta, to the United States in 1923. In 1927, the couple opened Nessen Studios in Manhattan, designing and selling sleek, modern architectural lighting.


Art Deco was both novel and exciting in the late 1920s — as, indeed, was electricity itself — and Nessen Studios was at the forefront of the movement. Electric lighting designers at the time had no direct models to follow. The shapes and silhouettes of gas lamps, lanterns and chandeliers had been influenced by those of the kerosene-, oil- and candle-lit fixtures that preceded them, which in turn were informed by the fuels they used. Electric lighting required designs that accommodated essentials of the new technology, like cords and sockets. Von Nessen and his contemporaries thus had to create fixtures that addressed these challenges and looked modern without appearing overly mechanical.


Along with industrial-design visionaries of the period like Raymond Loewy, Gilbert Rohde and Donald Deskey, von Nessen crafted a style that was emblematic of the Machine Age. He produced lamps and home accessories from spun aluminum, with smooth surfaces that evoked the polished gleam of streamlined automobiles and airplanes. And he experimented with other popular materials of the era, such as Bakelite, chrome and fiberglass. His ingenious design for the now-ubiquitous swing-arm lamp earned him a reputation as an innovator.


Von Nessen’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, among other institutions. Designed to complement the luxurious interiors of the 1920s and ‘30s, still look fresh nearly a century later.

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