In the fall season of the program Collecting Design, I am going to focus on icons of early modern design through the lens of collecting. One of the objects that have captured the imagination of design collectors and museums worldwide is this tea infuser, which Marianne Brandt designed and handcrafted in 1927 at the metal workshop of the Bauhaus, which she headed. Beyond the modernist form of this model, MT49 which was conceived as an industrial prototype, which never went into production, stands a narrative of woman's role at the Bauhaus and the evolution of the modern design movement toward the marriage of
craft and industry. It was sold in 2007 at Sotheby’s sale of “‘Deutscher Werkbund to Bauhaus: An Important Collection of German Design,” for $361K, breaking the sale record for Brandt.