American Decorative Arts
Manufacturer: International Silver Company, American, founded 1898

Tablespoon, “Tradewinds” Pattern

1975

Parcel-gilt sterling silver

7 3/8 in. (18.73 cm)
Friends of American Arts Acquisition Fund
2011.125.1
The production of silver in America began to fall off in the 1970s, caused in part by changing social patterns, the rise of stainless steel, and increased competition from abroad. Most established silver companies survived these years with the sale of traditional patterns or historical recreations, although a few attempted to introduce styles in keeping with contemporary taste. International Silver unveiled Tradewinds in 1975. The bamboo edge and wickerwork handle resonated with the growing popularity of resort living and a contemporary interest in Asian art. The optional gilded edge and the dense weaving also drew upon the fashion for luxurious patterns.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Flatware
Geography: 
Manufactured in Meriden, Connecticut
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2012.pdf (accessed December 21, 2012).

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.