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Brass, tin, wood knob and cane work handle
Germany, 1909
Design: Peter Behrens (1868-1940) – German architect, painter, designer and key figure of modernism
Manufacturer: AEG (Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft) – established in Berlin in 1883
Octagonal, angular shape, brass exterior, tin interior, ebony wood finial, braided rattan handle, electrical connection at the back
Literature: Buddensieg et al., Industriekultur: Peter Behrens und die AEG, Gebr. Mann Verlag, Berlin, 1993, p. 191 und 193
Height: 23 cm
Good condition
Early electric kettle
Estimate by Auctionata Expert: 800 Euro 


The kettle is in good condition with signs of age and wear. The kettle has noz been tested and functionality is not guaranteed. The kettle is 22.5 cm height.

Peter Behrens (1868-1940)

Peter Behrens was a German architect, painter and industrial designer. It is no exaggeration to describe his appointment as artistic director of AEG in 1907 as a turning point in design history; it was the first time a major international company had employed a single designer to advise on all aspects of its corporate identity, accommodation and output. Besides creating new premises for the company - including the Turbine Factory, itself a landmark of modernism - he devised a new range of ground-breaking and consciously forward-looking electrical products.


Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft (AEG) was founded by Emil Rathenau in 1883 in Germany (Frankfurt am Main) as producer of electrical equipment. Peter Behrens had a huge influence on the corporate identity of AEG. He was appointed as artistic consultant in 1907. His sense of modern purist design was manifested sustainably. (tm)

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Peter Behrens, Electric Tea Kettle, AEG, Germany, 1909

Auction ended on Wed, Sep 16, 2015
Estimate €400 - €520
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