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Fruit Knife (France), ca. 1890

This is a Fruit knife. It was designed by F. Nicoud. It is dated ca. 1890 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is engraved and gilded silver, carved mother-of-pearl. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Made from oyster shell, pearl-handled flatware was popular in the 19th century when grand flatware sets expanded in scope and sophistication. The quite extravagant engraved decoration includes patterns inspired by Japanese, Chinese, and Italian Renaissance ornament and is highlighted with gilding.

It is credited Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, Decorative Arts Association Acquisition, and Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Funds.

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 21.9 x 4 x 0.8 cm (8 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 5/16 in.)

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Fruit Knife (France), ca. 1890; Designed by F. Nicoud (French, active 1890); engraved and gilded silver, carved mother-of-pearl; L x W x D: 21.9 x 4 x 0.8 cm (8 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 5/16 in.); Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, Decorative Arts Association Acquisition, and Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Funds; 1996-56-77

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

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