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    A FOUR PIECE MICHAEL AND MAUREEN BANNER SILVER AND BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD TEA SERVICE: TALES
    Michael J. Banner and Maureen Banner, Monterey, Massachusetts, circa 2008
    Marks: BANNER, STERLING, 09, HAND WROUGHT
    8-3/4 x 10-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches (22.2 x 27.3 x 14.0 cm) (teapot)
    51.89 troy ounces (weighable)

    From The Lauren Stanley Silver Collection

    The sole example of this service comprised of a teapot, covered sugar, covered creamer and tray, each of a flat bottom triangulated mouse-shaped form with integrated lid, the handle of the teapot and creamer flow upward in a tale-like motion, with rosewood insulator, the shaped wood tray raised on three triangulated silver feet.

    Michael Banner describes the service "Tales of Michaelman was conceived and named after Maureen and I attended a performance of the Tales of Hoffman opera. The idea behind the concept was to do a set very grounded, therefore the flat bottoms on all the pieces. I was looking for a very horizontal forward moving piece, hence the sculpted back panel. The tray is sculpted along its edge to "soften" the impact. We decided to not use any enamels, liking the stark, all silver look. It is a very strong piece and very functional. I like to hold the pot with one finger under the handle to show off its balance. Balance is key to the design. The vessels not only hold and pour liquids, but they do so with the utmost care and grace."





    Condition Report*: Presents well with minimum signs of surface wear.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    8th-10th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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