International Sterling Craft Associates designs in collections, at auction, and in exhibitions (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 31 March 2016 | Updated 23 February 2017


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"In 1952, [the International Silver Company] established a craft shop that became known as International Sterling Craft Associates. [Alphonse] La Paglia, who had been a student of the Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, and whose work shows his influence, was an active participant in the venture until his death a year later. Subsequently International acquired his designs for production. In 1955 Kurt Eric Christoffersen was hired by International to invigorate the undertaking and his work along with that of La Paglia was promoted in the catalogue International Sterling Craft Associates with La Paglia and Christoffersen as the exclusive Craft Associates... Their works were distinguished by their mark, as La Paglia Designed or Christoffersen Designed."

— Jewel Stern in Modernism in American silver (2005), p. 353. See below.


A. International Sterling Craft Associates (founded 1952) designs in collections

international sterling craft associates

Alphonse La Paglia for International Silver Company / International Sterling Craft Associates. (designed c. 1952). Compote. Silver. 5 3/4 x 10 x 10 in. Accession no. 2012.60. Dallas Museum of Art. Viewed 31 March 2016. [A00205]

international sterling craft associates

Kurt Eric Christofferson for International Silver Company / International Sterling Craft Associates. (designed 1955). Two candlesticks (1, 2). Silver. (H) 5 in. x (D) 4 in. Accession no. 2002.29.72.1-2. Dallas Museum of Art. Viewed 4 April 2016. [B00106-07]

international sterling craft associates

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (c. 1955). Mayonnaise bowl ("Continental"). Silver. 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. Accession no. 2014.50.1. Dallas Museum of Art. Viewed 24 April 2016. [D00068]

international sterling craft associates

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (1955). Salts with spoons ("Continental"). Silver. Each salt cellar: 1/2 × 1 7/8 × 1 7/8 in.; each spoon: 1/4 × 1/2 × 1 3/4 in. Accession no. 2014.50.2.1.A-B-.4.A-B. Dallas Museum of Art. Viewed 24 April 2016. [D00069]

international sterling craft associates

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (1955). Sugar bowl ("Continental"). Silver. 5 x 3 x 3 1/4 in. Accession no. 2013.33.3.A-B. Dallas Museum of Art. Viewed 24 April 2016. [D00428]

international sterling craft associates

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (1955). Creamer ("Continental"). Silver and plastic. 4 1/2 x 4 x 2 1/2 in. Accession no. 2013.33.2. Dallas Museum of Art. Viewed 24 April 2016. [D00429]

international sterling craft associates

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (1955). Coffee pot ("Continental"). Silver and plastic. 13 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. Accession no. 2013.33.1.A-B. Dallas Museum of Art. Viewed 24 April 2016. [D00430]



B. International Sterling Craft Associates designs at auction

international sterling craft associates

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Crafts Associates / (ISC). (1955). "Continental" decanter set. Sterling silver. Decanter: (H) 12 in. Sotheby’s New York - Important 20th century design (17 DEC 2014). Viewed 7 May 2016. [D00092]



International Sterling Craft Associates designs in exhibitions

international sterling craft associates

(5 venues: 2005 - 2007).
Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design. Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art (see photos of the exhibition); The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN. (book / exhibition catalogue - click link above.) Updated 23 February 2017. [A00140]



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