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Tea and Coffee Service


Tea and Coffee Service


John Marshall

American, born 1936

The design for this service was envisioned by John Marshall when he walked into the expanded downtown Seattle Art Museum. He believes that a strong clarity of space is an invitation to the art, and that three-dimensional, sculptural objects are a way of imbuing the space with movement. In this service, the silver rises from a carved acrylic base that bears a visual similarity to crystal.

In 2006, John was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of American Silversmiths, and in 2007 they presented him with the Silversmith Award. His work has been shown in museums and galleries thoughout the United States and in China, Japan, and Korea. His many commissions include works for the Yale Art Gallery, the Renwick, and several Seattle-area patrons.

To see the completed service, and hear John discuss the process of making it, please scroll down to the "media" section.
Sterling silver, rosewood, Argentium sterling silver (an amalgam of fine silver and germanium), and acrylic
Teapot: 11 1/4 x 10 7/16 x 6 11/16in. (28.5 x 26.5 x 17cm)
Coffeepot: 13 3/4 x 6 7/8 x 4 7/16in. (35 x 17.5 x 11.3cm)
Cream pitcher: 4 3/4 x 6 x 3 15/16in. (12 x 15.3 x 10cm)
Sugar bowl: 6 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 4 1/2in. (16.5 x 15 x 11.5cm)
Tray: 2 x 25 x 26in. (5.1 x 63.5 x 66cm)
The Guendolen Carkeek Plestcheeff Endowment for the Decorative Arts
2009.37.1 - 5
Not currently on view


Film of John Marshall at work on SAM Tea/Coffee Service 2009 Video by Aaron Bourget. (c) Seattle Art Museum, 2009.

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