Haussmann Swid Powell Pepper Mill Grinder

Haussmann Swid Powell Pepper Mill Grinder
Haussmann Seid Powell Pepper Grinder
Haussmann Swid Powell Pepper Mill Grinder
Haussmann Seid Powell Pepper Grinder
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Haussmann Swid Powell Pepper Mill Grinder

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Designer: Robert and Trix Haussmann (1931 – present and 1933 -present)

Item: Eared pepper grinder

Description: A whimsical but important modern design, often described as the “Disney” pepper mill, but according to Tapert's book it "is a wry take-off on Mickey Mouse's ears.  But theirs is more than a Pop sensibility."  Although Swid Powell did produce a silverplate letter opener and key ring exclusively for Disney, this was not the case here.  The Haussmann's also designed salt and pepper shakers to go with this pepper mill, but in years of searching we have been unable to find a pair for sale.  Can be found in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.    

Manufactured by: Swid Powell

Country of origin: Italy

Year made: 1987

Materials: Silverplate over brass, steel and wood

Dimensions: 5” x 4 ¼” x 1 ¾” 

Condition: Excellent.  Appears unused.  The only reason we are not stating this as Mint is that we don't have the original box.  The photo shows a small shadow lower left that looks like tarnish but it's not. 

References: Tapert, Annette. SWID POWELL: Objects by Architects, Thames and Hudson, 1990

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