"Iolas" Flatware Service
Property from a Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
"Iolas" Flatware Service
designed circa 1966, executed 1986
number 3 from an edition of 8 plus 4 artist's proofs
comprising 113 pieces, including twelve forks, twelve knives, twelve spoons, twelve "fish" forks, twelve "fish" knives, twelve small knives, twelve dessert forks, twelve dessert knives, twelve demitasse spoons, three serving spoons, one salad fork and one cake knife
together with the original stained mahogany case and original gilt metal key
solid sterling silver, stainless steel knife blades, mahogany box
most pieces impressed Cl. Lalanne with silver hallmarks; the case with a metal plaque incised Service de Table/108+5 pièces/Cl. Lalanne, numbered 3/8 and dated 1986
smallest (demitasse spoon): 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) long
largest (serving spoon): 14 1/8 in. (36 cm) long
case: 11 5/8 x 24 x 16 3/4 in. (19.5 x 60.9 x 42.5 cm)
Overall in very good condition. This incredibly rare flatware service, named after the Lalannes’ gallerist Alexandre Iolas, exhibits some of Claude’s most emblematic organic forms derived from insects, fish and flowers. The service includes a variety of abstract and figurative decorations fleshed out in silver and in incredibly well-preserved condition. The silver surfaces present with occasional faint scuffing consistent with age and gentle use, not visually distracting, and with some occasional and very minimal tarnish to the silver consistent with age. The knife blades with slightly more pronounced scuffing as well as very fine scratches consistent with use. The service has remained under the same ownership since the year it was made and retains its original mahogany case signed by Claude Lalanne. The custom-made case includes three pull-out trays with compartments, each containing a set of the same form. The mahogany surfaces with age-appropriate wear and light surface scratches consistent with gentle handling. The brass plaque incised with the artist’s signature with some light oxidation concentrated to the edges. This lot provides collectors with the exceptional opportunity to acquire a complete and rare flatware service by Claude Lalanne in remarkable condition. This service is stunningly gorgeous and dazzling!
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