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Fruit Knife (France), ca. 1890

This is a Fruit knife. It is dated ca. 1890 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is silver, mother-of-pearl, gilding. 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.

This object was fund: Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund. 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.)

Cite this object as

Fruit Knife (France), ca. 1890; silver, mother-of-pearl, gilding; 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

In addition to Iridescence, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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