4 · SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 TRIB TOTAL MEDIA ANTIQUEDETECTIVE Stainless steel gets artistic touch These days, all things with a “modern” look are hot. That includes stainless steel flatware. Nobody wants to spend time polishing silverware in today’s busy world. While it seldom makes an auction appearance, prices are modest. What is interesting about the flatware of this era, as well as that of the 1960s and ’70s, is that many of the designers worked in other mediums. In 1961, furniture designer Joe Columbo and Ambrogio Pozzi, designed a stainless steel flatware pattern, “Alitalia.” Columbo is known for his stylish furniture designs, such as the tube chair. While Georg Jensen is best known for his sterling silver pieces, several of his craftsmen began working with stainless steel in the 1960s. A distinctive pattern in stainless steel was created in 1965 by Svend Siune and named “Blue Shark.” It shows the plain, sculptural form and heavy weight that exemplified the new look of flatware. It is still being reproduced. Tapio Wirkkal (1915-85) a famed finish designer who worked in glass, ceramics and furniture designs, also did stainless steel flatware. A pattern, “Composition” was created in 1961. It was still in production in the 1990s, designed for Rosenthal. CLUES: There were design changes during the 1950s and ’60s that help identify when the pieces were made. For example, flatware of the early Modern period used tapered forms and the soft, organic curves found in “organic” designed glass, ceramics and furniture. By the late ’60s and ’70s, designs seemed more abstract and bold. They often had heavier handles and sculptural forms. Since many patterns have been and still are being made, don’t pay too much. These days, original-era pieces by famous makers can sell for more than $1,000. Do you have an antique item and need more information? For a personal reply, send a photo, along with history, size and any signatures with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and $25 to Anne Gilbert, 1811 Renaissance Commons Blvd., #2319, Boynton Beach, FL, 33426. ByAnne Gilbert Antique Detective LEFFLER’S ANTIQUES This stainless steel flatware set was designed by Erik Herlow, a Danish man who made his name as an architect. Daily Sports Headlines. Delivered to your inbox. adno=2X8-FIL-2 Catch all the day's sports action all in one place - your inbox. Every morning. Sign up today and get the top sports stories of the day from high school to college to the pros. 1 Sign up today. adno=6X5-375-FIL-1 signup.triblive.com IMAGINE IT. Three Rivers Print Source provides many business-to-business services youmight not expect to find under one roof. As a full-service print company, we offer offset and digital printing along with custom graphic design, collateral sales, delivery and direct mail and marketing support to help you grow your business. All from one source, one location. Let us help increase your efficiency and decrease your costs! ∞Direct Mail & Postcards ∞Banners & Signage ∞ Newsletters ∞Booklets ∞Brochures ∞Catalogs ∞Doorhangers ∞ Menus ∞Handbooks ∞Posters ∞Invitations ∞Newspapers ∞and so much more! For more information, contact Gary Mazzotta at email@example.com or call 724-226-7799.
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