Christian FJERDINGSTAD (1891-1968) & CHRISTOFLE: Silver-plated & Macassar vase, 1950, signed



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Christian FJERDINGSTAD (1891-1968) (or Stéphane FANIEL), designer & CHRISTOFLE editor : Rare and beautiful silver-plated brass vase - or trophy cup - on round base with toothed wheel in solid Macassar ebony.


Height : 15,5 cm - 6 1/8 in
Diameter of the base and neck: 9 cm - 33 1/2 in


Christian FJERDINGSTAD collaborated with CHRISTOFLE fro 1924 to 1941 when production stoped because of the War, but still designed some pieces for CHRISTOFLE after the war under command of its director and friend Tony BOUILHET, especially trophy cups in 1944 and 1945 and maybe later too (cf. Henri BOUILHET: 150 ans d'orfèvrerie Christofle. Paris. Le Chêne. 1980. pp.246-7).
Stéphane FANIEL became art director of CHRISTOFLE from 1946 to 1970, succeeding to Luc LANEL (1924-1942), and designed functionalist pieces, especially for the Milan Triennale in Italy (1951).

Christian FJERDINGSTAD (1891-1968):
Danish designer, born on Christiansø island; active Blaricum (Norway), Netherlands, and Paris.
Henry van de VELDE regarded him as one of the best silversmiths of the time; he executed a 1922 tea set for van de VELDE's new house, Wassenaar (Netherlands).
He did the First World War in France, wounded in 1915 he obtained the Military Cross and the Légion d'Honneur.
In 1918 he settled in L'Isle-Adam, near Paris, and executed his own designs in jewelery and metal-ware.
He worked as a designer for CHRISTOFLE Silversmith, Paris, since 1921, and his work is shown at 1925 Paris 'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Moderrnes' in CHRISTOFLE windows display.
He designed CHRISTOFLE's famous 1933 'Swan' silver-plated gravy boat and its 1933 Art Deco tea set based on the circle, and reissued in 1983.
He designed also pewter-ware for CHRISTOFLE under the mark 'Etains de Carville', for 'La Crémaillère' and also under his own name as 'Etains de L'Isle-Adam'.

Frédéric CHAPPEY: Ambre et Argent, Christian Fjerdingstad, un orfèvre danois Art Déco, Paris, Somogy, 1999.
MODERN ART OF METALWORK. Bröhan-Museum State Museum of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Functionalism (1889-1939), Berlin. Berlin. Bröhan-Musuem. 2001.
Annelies KREKEL-AALBERSE: Art Nouveau and Art Deco Silver. New York. Abrams. 1989.

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