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

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


Modernist silver International Sterling Craft Associates Kurt Eric Christoffersen International Sterling Craft Associates Kurt Eric Christoffersen


"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.


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

1950s

Compote

Alphonse La Paglia for International Silver Company / International Sterling Craft Associates. (designed c. 1952). Compote. Silver. (Accession no. 2012.60. Viewed 31 March 2016. A00205.)

Two candlesticks

Kurt Eric Christofferson for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (designed 1955). Two candlesticks. Silver. (Accession no. 2002.29.72.1-2. Viewed 4 April 2016. B00106-07.)

Pair of candlesticks

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (1955). Pair of candlesticks. Sterling silver. (Accession no. 2015.135.2.1-.2. Viewed 31 March 2017. A01870.)

Bowl

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (c. 1955). Mayonnaise bowl ("Continental"). Silver. (Accession no. 2014.50.1. Viewed 24 April 2016. D00068.)

Salts with spoons

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (1955). Salts with spoons ("Continental"). Silver. Accession no. 2014.50.2.1.A-B-.4.A-B. (Viewed 24 April 2016. D00069.)

Bowl

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (1955). Sugar bowl ("Continental"). Silver. (Accession no. 2013.33.3.A-B. Viewed 24 April 2016. D00428.)

Creamer

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (1955). Creamer ("Continental"). Silver and plastic. (Accession no. 2013.33.2. Viewed 24 April 2016. D00429.)

Coffee pot

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Craft Associates / (ISC). (1955). Coffee pot ("Continental"). Silver and plastic. (Accession no. 2013.33.1.A-B. Viewed 24 April 2016. D00430.)


B. International Sterling Craft Associates designs at auction

1950s

Decanter set

Kurt Eric Christoffersen for International Sterling Crafts Associates / (ISC). (1955). "Continental" decanter set. Sterling silver. (Viewed 7 May 2016. D00092.)


C. International Sterling Craft Associates designs in exhibitions

2000s 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.



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