American Decorative Arts
PrevNext1 of 2
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
PrevNext2 of 2
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Eliel Saarinen, American, born Finland, 1873–1950
Manufacturer: International Silver Company, American, founded 1898

Knife

1929

Silver

L.: 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm, 129 g)
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, B.A. 1959
2010.158.27
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Flatware
Geography: 
Manufactured in Meriden, Connecticut
Designed in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

International Silver Company, Meriden, Conn., 1929-ca. 1985; transferred to Ronald Saarinen Swanson, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., ca. 1985-99; John C. Waddell, New York, 1999-2010; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Modern Art Expressed in Silver,” Jewelers’ Circular (March 7, 1929): 55.

“Modern Art in Silver,” National Jeweler (April 1929): 77–78.

Lee McCann, “Sterling Silver, 1929: Part II,” Country Life (June 1929): 56.

Ely Jacques Kahn, The Architect and the Industrial Arts, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929), 61, ill.

American Federation of Arts, Decorative Metalwork and Cotton Textiles, exh. cat. (Portland, Maine: Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1930), no. 385.

Albert William Christ-Janer, Eliel Saarinen: Finnish-American Architect and Educator (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979), 119.

Karen Davies, At Home in Manhattan Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983), 97, no. 69.

W. Scott Braznell, “The Advent of Modern American Silver,” Antiques 125 (January 1984): 240, fig. 6.

J. Stewart Johnson, American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age, exh. cat. (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 44, ill.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 258–59, no. 173.

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).

John Stuart Gordon, “Curator’s Eye,” Modern Magazine 3, no. 3 (May 2011): 96, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.