Charter Company (Wallingford, CT) designs in collections, at auction, and in exhibitions (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 31 March 2016 | Updated 31 March 2017

A. Charter Company designs in collections [1]

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Cocktail shaker

Charter Company / International Silver Co. (1928). Enameled silver. (Accession no. 2002.29.2.A-C. Viewed 1 April 2016. A00208.)

Saarinen-designed centerpiece bowl

Eliel Saarinen for Charter Company / (ISC). (1929-30). Centerpiece bowl. Sterling silver. Accession no. 2009.177.1. (Viewed 31 March 2017. A01859.)

B. Charter Company designs at auction


Tea and coffee service

Charter Company / ISC. (Second quarter 20th century). Six-piece silver tea and coffee service. (Viewed 7 May 2016. D00100.)

Tea tray

Charter Company / ISC. (c. 1930-42). Two-handled tea tray. Sterling silver. (Viewed 24 May 2016. A00697.)

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Cocktail shaker set

Attributed to Charter Company / ISC. (undated). Cocktail shaker set. Silver and enamel. (Viewed 24 May 2016. A00698.)

C. Charter Company designs in exhibitions


6 venues: 2000-02 American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a new age. (Viewed 12 June 2017. A00145; A01859; A02736.)

> Exhibition venues: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (16 May 16 2000 - 7 January 2001); Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (25 May - 19 August 2001); Flint Institute of Arts, MI (14 September 14 - 16 December 2001); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (11 January - 7 April 2002); Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC (3 May - 28 July 2002); Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK (23 August - 17 November 2002).

5 venues: 2005 - 2007. Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design. (Viewed 21 March 2016. A00140.)

> Exhibition venues: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art; The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.


18 November 2016 - 12 November 2017. Shaken, stirred, styled: The art of the cocktail at the Dallas Museum of Art. (Updated 2 December 2016. A02725; AAA000155-56; AAA00542-43.)

[1] The Charter Company, Wallingford, was active c. 1930-42 and an International Silver Company division. (See Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver, page 353. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press.) Viewed 15 May 2016. [A00662]

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