Item number: 59000
An Art Nouveau 800 grade fish cutlery “Iris” World Exhibition #2400
Heilbronn circa 1900 by Bruckmann & Söhne
The prongs and the blades with original gilding. Excellent condition, probably never used, with contemporary monogram “D”.
The decoration of this fish cutlery, simply called model 2400 by Bruckmann & Söhne and known in collector communities as the “Iris decoration” or “Iris World Exhibition”, belonged to a cutlery set designed in the classical, floral Art Nouveau style and closely resembled cutlery designs of the French Art Nouveau, namely designs by Jean E. Puiforcat, and was presented for the first time at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900. The silver cutlery was produced in an exceptionally elaborate manner and included an enormous number of different cutlery and serving pieces, which in turn were designed differently at their handle ends. For the fish cutlery, for example, there is documented evidence of different decorative variants, such as a purely floral decoration or with fish and seaweed, as well as a variant in which a lobster forms the handle of the fish knife, an octopus the handle of the fish fork and a small lobster the handle of the crab knife. As can be seen from the pictures of this fish cutlery, not only the front of the forks and the knives are designed differently, but also their backs – a detail which additionally proves the great creative effort of this cutlery. Due to its elaborate production, the Iris decor was one of the most expensive silver cutlery from Bruckmann & Söhne and is still one of the most sought-after cutlery of the German Art Nouveau period.
length: forks 17.3 cm / 6.81“, knives 20.2 cm / 7.95“; 550.9 g / 17.71 oz