Silverplated swan sauceboat with its serving spoon by the silversmith Gallia, edited by Christofle circa 1935 after a design by Christian Fjerdingstad (1891-1968).
Stamped on the base “CHRISTOFLE FRANCE”; “OC” (orfèvrerie Christofle); “COLL. GALLIA”, also beneath the swan head of the serving spoon.
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The Montreal Fine Art Museum kept the same model in its collection and the MAD in Paris also has several items designed by Fjerdingstad.
Chappey, Frédéric ; Dendenroth-Schou, Poul ; Kaerulf Moller, Lars et al., Ambre et argent. Christian Fjerdingstad (1891-1968). Un orfèvre danois Art déco., Paris, Somogy Editions d'art, 1999, p. 27
CHRISTIAN FJERDINGSTAD (1891-1968)
He was born in Danemark in 1891 and first worked as a silversmith in his country before arriving in France in 1915 after its demobilization. When he arrived, he met Fernand Léger and became friend with him, this last encouraged him to expose his work to the 1921 Salon d’Automne in Paris. He had a great success during this exhibition and then was hired by Christofle as the Head of Design, between 1924 and 1939. At the same time, he was continuing to create items under his own name. He was skilled to work both with pewter and silver and liked to mix them with other materials such as coral, horn or amber. He was the creator of a new formal vocabulary and can be considered as one of the creators of the Art Deco style and a contributor to the renewal of early 20th century silverware.
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