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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 572

    A GIANT STAINLESS STEEL FORK

    BY MARK REED, EDITION 6/20, MODERN

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GIANT STAINLESS STEEL FORK
    BY MARK REED, EDITION 6/20, MODERN
    With etched signature to the rear 'Mark Reed VI', also 'Catherine de'Medici 1564' and 'STAINLESS STEEL', set into a weighted base
    104 in. (264 cm.) high, excluding base


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    The 'Catherine de Medici 1564' inscription is a unique feature to this fork. Catherine de Medici was very important to the introduction of the fork to French High Society, making it a socially acceptable part of dining etiquette. In 1564 on her 'Grand Tour de France' she spent two years travelling across France with the aim of unifying her Kingdom and thus spreading the use of the fork across the land.
    This fork is made of 316 marine grade solid stainless steel.

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