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Prototype Fork, Knife And Spoon, 1933–1935

This is a Prototype fork, knife and spoon. It is dated 1933–1935 and we acquired it in 2012. Its medium is aluminum, wood. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

As seen in Jonassen’s drawing [01] and prototypes, this flatware design married the functionality of traditional cutlery with Russel Wright’s aesthetic of curved organic forms that embraced a modern sensibility for household items. While the set did not go into production, the prototypes include wood handles to support the geometry of the aluminum parts, showing how the objects would fit easily within Wright’s universe of objects.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Tray And Dishes (USA), 1935
  • wood (hazelwood), glass.
  • Gift of Mel Byars, The Mel Byars Collection of 20th Century Design.
  • 1990-15-1-a/e

Its dimensions are

L x W x D (fork): 19.1 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm (7 1/2 in. x 1 in. x 1/2 in.) L x W x H (knife): 23.5 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm (9 1/4 in. x 1 in. x 5/8 in.) L x W x H (spoon): 15.9 x 3.5 x 1.9 cm (6 1/4 x 1 3/8 x 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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