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"Normandie" Pitcher

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
This iconic pitcher was famously inspired by the prow of the legendary Normandie ocean liner, which quickly became the epitome of modernity. The interiors of this speedy ship were designed by the leading French proponents of the Art Moderne, or Art Deco, style, characterized by hard-edged silhouettes and stylized decoration.
MEDIUM Chrome-plated brass
  • Place Manufactured: Rome, New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1935
    DIMENSIONS 12 x 3 x 9 1/2 in. (30.5 x 7.6 x 24.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Stamped on underside of base: "Revere / ROME / N.Y."
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION "Normandie" pitcher of chrome-plated brass. Streamlined, in plan, a teardrop shape with a flat, strap handle curving out from lip of rounded rear side of pitcher, and down to same rounded side of base. Body of pitcher comes to a point at front end, forming a straight line running from pouring spout to base. Top of pitcher dramatically raking up from handle at rear to point of pouring spout. CONDITION: Generally good with small scratches to all surfaces. Chrome plating has chipped away from more than half the underside of base.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Peter Muller-Munk (American, born Germany, 1904-1967). "Normandie" Pitcher, ca. 1935. Chrome-plated brass, 12 x 3 x 9 1/2 in. (30.5 x 7.6 x 24.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 84.67. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.67_view3_bw.jpg)
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