• 20th Century Decorative Art &  auction at Christies

    Sale 2295

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    16 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 66

    ARNE JACOBSEN (1902-1971)

    A STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE SERVICE, DESIGNED 1957

    Price Realised  

    ARNE JACOBSEN (1902-1971)
    A Stainless Steel Flatware Service, designed 1957
    manufactured by Georg Jensen
    comprising:
    10 dinner forks
    10 dinner knives
    10 table spoons
    10 luncheon forks
    10 luncheon knives
    10 coffee spoons
    1 pair of salad servers
    2 serving spoons
    2 serving forks
    1 sauce ladle
    1 cake server
    children's sets comprising:
    2 forks
    2 knives
    2 spoons
    2 teaspoons
    stamped GEORG JENSEN STAINLESS and with AJ monogram (76)


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    The functionalist AJ660 flatware pattern was designed to co-ordinate with furniture and other fittings in Copenhagen's flagship SAS Royal Hotel, designed in 1957 and opened in 1961. Devoid of all ornament, Jacobsen's stainless-steel utensils instead emphasised a sculptural presence enhanced by their tapering silhouette. Exhibited at the Milan XI Triennale of 1957, Jacobsen's flatware achieved critical success. Manufactured initially by A. Michelsen, the flatware was retailed to the public during the 1960s and 1970s before production and distribution was assumed by Georg Jensen. The futuristic styling of the service ensured that it was selected for use on board the spacecraft in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey .