Tea Set in Chrome and Wood, Attributed to Maison Desny, France, circa 1930

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Maison Desny was founded in 1927 by the two designers M. Desnet and René Nauny, and from the contraction of their two name comes the firm's name "Desny." The store was opened at number 122 Champs Elysees in Paris. And although there is very little information about its short trajectory, the quality of Maison Desny's designs and manufacturing has saved its works from oblivion. Its pieces are some of the most valued and sought-after of the Art Deco period; simply to lay one's eyes upon them is to know why.

Entire design projects were offered by Maison Desny--with the assistance of decorators and architects such as Robert Mallet-Stevens, André Masson, Alberto and Diego Giacometti, and Jean Michel Frank--for a select clientele, among them: Georges-Henri Rivière, Pierre-David Weill, Lucien Lelong, as well as the fashion houses of Chanel and Worth. It was after the death of Mr. Desnet in 1933 that Maison Desny closed its doors, ending its short but quite spectacular six-year run.

Maison Desny works of chrome and silver were often complemented with rich woods, glass, and ivory, and the pieces' extremely modern profiles had clear cubist notes--severe geometric shapes, perpendicular planes, with the two often juxtaposed dramatically. These characteristics, which are repeated throughout Maison Desny's creations, are used to identify them today.

This tea set is a superb example of the balance between form and function, where each of the five pieces join to create this exquisitely beautiful and ever-so-modern single service--a work whose design was not only before its time, but could easily have been wrought today.


  • Of the Period
    Art Deco
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    4.5 in. H x 11 in. W x 5 in. D
    11 cm H x 28 cm W x 13 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Number of Items
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