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Knife (Germany), 1931

This is a Knife. It was designed by Fritz August Breuhaus de Groot. It is dated 1931 and we acquired it in 2001. Its medium is silver-plated metal, stainless steel. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This knife is part of a set designed in 1931 by the architect Fritz August Breuhaus de Groot, a native of Solingen, Germany. Solingen, near Cologne, was a major center of production of German cutlery. The set was commissioned by J. A. Henckels to celebrate the firm’s bicentennial: the blade of the knife is etched “1731–1931.” The robust, lobed handles give each piece in the set a strong sculptural character and a clean, modern line.
The acquisition of this knife, together with a fork from the set, would strengthen the museum's collection of German cutlery from the first half of the 20th century.
Reference:
Klaus Marquardt, Eight Centuries of European Knives, Forks, and Spoons: An Art Collection (Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 1997), no. 581.

It is credited Gift of Broehan Art Inc..

Its dimensions are

cm: H: 1.1 x L: 24.8 x W: 2.4 (7/16 x 9 3/4 x 15/16 in. )

It has the following markings

On handle: stamped 100. On blade: 1731 1931, J. A. HENCKELS SOLINGEN ZWILLINGSWERK, NICHT ROSTEND and Henckels logo.

Cite this object as

Knife (Germany), 1931; Designed by Fritz August Breuhaus de Groot (1883 – 1960); silver-plated metal, stainless steel; cm: H: 1.1 x L: 24.8 x W: 2.4 (7/16 x 9 3/4 x 15/16 in. ); Gift of Broehan Art Inc.; 2001-19-3

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