Christian FJERDINGSTAD (1891-1968) & CHRISTOFLE/GALLIA: Swan sauce boat, 1933, signed


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Christian FJERDINGSTAD (1891-1968) designer and CHRISTOFLE/GALLIA editor : Swan sauce boat, silver-plated brass. Original edition, stamped 'GALLIA' on the base side with the CHRISTOFLE chess' knight mark. Not a late edition which are stamped 'CHRISTOFLE - FRANCE' or 'CHRISTOFLE Coll. GALLIA'.

Circa 1933

Height : 5,4 cm - 2 1/8 in
Sauce boat : 21,5 x 9,7 cm - 8 1/2 X 3 3/4 in
Spoon : 20,5 x 4,8 cm - 8 1/16 x 1 7/8 in


Frederic CHAPPEY: Ambre et argent, Christian FJERDINGSTAD, un orfevre danois art-deco. Paris. Somogy. 1999. Reproduced on p.92.
D. von KERSSENBROCK-KROSIGK: Modern Art of Metalwork. Brohan Museum, State Museum of Art Nouveau and Functionalism (1889-1939). Berlin. Brohan Museum. 2001. Reproduced on p.392 No.357.
Yvonne BRUNHAMMER: Le Style 1925. Paris. Baschet & Cie. 1975. Reproduced on page 138.
GALLIA Silversmith. General Catalogue. 1934 edition. Reproduced on page 6 under model number '0422'.
Catalogue de 1933 des etablissements Christofle. Reproduced on plate 85, under the number 43.

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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