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Kettle with Bird-Shaped Whistle

Decorative Arts

MANUFACTURER Alessi, founded 1921
MEDIUM Stainless steel, polyamide
  • Place Manufactured: Crusinallo Di Omegna, Italy
  • DATES Designed 1985
    DIMENSIONS 8 3/4 x 10 x 8 5/8 in. (22.2 x 25.4 x 21.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Incised on bottom of kettle: "ALESSI / INOX 18/10 [slash between '18' & '10'] / ITALY"
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1999.40.11a-c
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Alessi S.p.A.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Michael Graves (American, 1934-2015). Kettle with Bird-Shaped Whistle, Designed 1985. Stainless steel, polyamide, 8 3/4 x 10 x 8 5/8 in. (22.2 x 25.4 x 21.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alessi S.p.A., 1999.40.11a-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.40.11a-c_bw_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1999.40.11a-c_bw_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION (a)Kettle (b) lid (c) whistle. (a) Kettle: cylindrical form tapering upwards to opening at top with a flat base and decorated with near base with a horizontal band of raised dots rings. Cylindrical, protruding spout, attached to side. Rounded arch handle comprised of thin steel tube attached to kettle just above spout on one side and just below opening on opposite side; two-thirds of handle sheathed in a thick light-blue polyamide tube with molded bumps on underside forming a hand grip; adjacent to this grip at both ends are a small black disk and round red ball made of polyamide. (b) Fitted lid: dome shaped topped by a spherical black polyamide finial. (c) Whistle or stopper made of red polyamide; lower cylindrical section fits snuggly into mouth of kettle, upper section molded into shape of songbird alighting atop an arch. CONDITION: Excellent.
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