Item number: 59079
An Art Nouveau 800 grade fish cutlery,
Heilbronn circa 1900 by Bruckmann & Söhne
Both sides with plastic decoration in the form of sea plants. The lower ends of the handles with the representation of a fish on the forks and a ray on the knives. The tines and the blades with original gilding, which is partially somewhat rubbed. Not monogrammed.
Length: forks: 17.2 cm / 6.77“, knives: 20.4 cm / 8.03“; 537.6 g / 17.28 oz
Art Nouveau fish cutlery by Bruckmann & Söhne
The decoration of the present fish cutlery was created at a time when Bruckmann & Söhne was successful with its famous cutlery #2400 “Iris” at the World Exhibition in Paris. This gave the cutlery the name “Iris World Exhibition” which is used today. The “Iris World Exhibition” was a cutlery in the classical, floral Art Nouveau style which took artistic inspiration from cutlery designs of the French Art Nouveau style and was presented for the first time at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900. The silver cutlery earned Bruckmann widespread international recognition. In addition to a wide range of different serving pieces and the core cutlery itself, Bruckmann also produced highly artistic variants of the fish cutlery, which turned away from the floral character of the cutlery. In keeping with the concept of fish cutlery, maritime decorative elements such as sea creatures and sea plants were preferably depicted. With its extravagant designs and excellent manufacturing quality, Bruckmann & Söhne had a decisive influence on the perception of German Art Nouveau cutlery.