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Art Deco Pitcher by Christian Fjerdingstad, Gallia for Christofle

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Elegant Art Deco pitcher shaped with melon-style ribs on a quatrefoil base designed by Christian Fjerdingstad who was a Danish sculptor born in 1891. When he came to France, he created some gorgeous pieces for Gallia and some were edited by Christofle after the thirties. Marked beneath with the GALLIA hallmarks and numbered 5885 (number of the model). Bibliographie : Chappey, Frédéric ; Dendenroth-Schou, Poul ; Kaerulf Moller, Lars et al., Ambre et argent. Christian Fjerdingstad (1891-1968). Un orfèvre danois Art déco. Paris, Somogy Editions d'art, 1999, p. 27 CHRISTIAN FJERDINGSTAD (1891-1968) was born in Danemark in 1891 and first worked as a silversmith in his country before arriving in France in 1915 after its demobilization. When he arrived, he met Fernand Léger and became friend with him, this last encouraged him to expose his work to the 1921 Salon d’Automne in Paris. He had great success during this exhibition and then was hired by Christofle as the Head of Design, between 1924 and 1939. At the same time, he was continuing to create items under his own name. He was skilled to work both with pewter and silver and liked to mix them with other materials such as coral, horn or amber. He was the creator of a new formal vocabulary and can be considered as one of the creators of the Art Deco style and a contributor to the renewal of early 20th century silverware.

Details

  • Creator
    Christofle (Metalworker),Gallia (Metalworker),Christian Fjerdingstad (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 8.27 in. (21 cm)Width: 7.09 in. (18 cm)Depth: 3.55 in. (9 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Re-plated. We also have this pitcher with a hammered finish, contact us for further details.
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    Seller: AE0966/011stDibs: LU4694124996162

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    Ships From: Paris, France
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About the Metalworker

Christofle

Although he started his career as a jeweler in 1830 — after apprenticing with his copper jeweler brother-in-law years earlier — Charles Christofle (1805–63) recognized that Second Empire France had an untapped audience for luxury silverware and tableware.

Gold and silver gilt had been the high-end standard in the 18th century, yet society after the Industrial Revolution demanded a more affordable, but still refined, approach. So in the 1840s, Christofle cornered the market on electrolytic gilding and silver plating, dominating the hold on patents in the country for over a decade. His work soon attracted the attention of Louis-Philippe I and then Napoleon III, under whom he was named Fournisseur de l’Empereur, cementing the prestige of his brand.

While Christofle created decadent centerpieces and tableware for the French palaces — as well as prominent clients like the Orient Express — the company’s electroplating of silverware that was far less expensive than that made by silversmiths attained widespread popularity. At a time when many who could not afford gold or silver still used wooden utensils, Christofle was a game changer for at-home dining. An appearance at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago furthered the company’s reach to American consumers who would soon rival the manufacturer’s European clientele.

The 20th century saw Christofle adapting to changing tastes in its offerings, such as the Aria collection, which debuted in 1985 with column-like lines on its flatware designed by Bernard Yot, and the playful egg-shaped silverware container introduced in 2015 that opens to reveal a full flatware set. The company also now sells barware, home accessories and even jewelry, harkening back to its roots. Now almost two centuries old, Christofle maintains its reputation as a leading flatware and silverware company under the ownership of the Chalhoub group, its utensils gracing tables in homes, hotels and restaurants all over the world.

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