See more objects with the color darkslateblue rebeccapurple darkslategrey dimgrey or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline

-0001

1986

  • We acquired this object.

  • Work on this object began.

2006

2015

2018

2020

  • You found it!

Signature Collection: Picnic Flatware Fork, 1985

This is a Fork. It is dated 1985 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is anodized aluminum. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Tisdale gained acclaim for this flatware with its geometric outlines and rainbow colors, winning the Pantone Color Award in 1988. Color, in the form of metal salts, is deposited in the pores of the anodized metal by passing an electric current through the dye bath.

It is credited Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 17.5 x 2.7 x 0.8 cm (6 7/8 x 1 1/16 x 5/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Engraved in script on the handle: "David Tisdale c. 1986"

Cite this object as

Signature Collection: Picnic Flatware Fork, 1985; USA; anodized aluminum; L x W x D: 17.5 x 2.7 x 0.8 cm (6 7/8 x 1 1/16 x 5/16 in.); Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1986-94-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18621777/ |title=Signature Collection: Picnic Flatware Fork, 1985 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=20 February 2020 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>