Lot 383
  • 383

Kurt Eric Christoffersen

5,000 - 7,000 USD
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  • Kurt Eric Christoffersen
  • "Continental" Decanter Set
  • each piece impressed INTERNATIONAL STERLING and Christoffersen Designed
  • sterling silver
comprising decanter and eight cordial cups in the original fitted box


International Silver Company advertisement, New Yorker, December 5, 1958, p. 75
Dorothy T. Rainwater, "Kurt Eric Christoffersen Designer and Silversmith," Silver, July-August 1995, pp. 10-13
Jewel Stern, Modernism in American Silver, New Haven, 2005, pp. 205-213 (for related works by Chrisoffersen)

Catalogue Note

The special line of International's Sterling Craft Associates was founded in 1952 as a studio in an 18th century house in Meriden, Connecticut by the silversmith Alphonse La Paglia who, a year later suffered a tragic fatal accident. Kurt Christoffersen's special line designs for International's Sterling Craft Associates date from his beginning with the Associates in January 1955. International promoted Christoffersen's decanter set "uncompromising in its sophistication" and the "newest of the for-tomorrow designs" and Christoffersen designed a comprehensive range of table and bar items for International Sterling Crafts Associates whose soaring conical forms echo the high spirit and drama of mid-century modern design readily recalled in furniture and automobiles. In the 1950s the decanter itself, priced at $75.00, was among Christoffersen's most expensive designs. The distinguished modern American silver historian Jewel Stern noted the decanter set as a rarity and wrote: "Many [silver manufacturers] produced traditional cordial cups; few made modern set with decanters."