Silver plated design called "Chantaco" with rectilinear fluting on the handles and linear simplicity of the tynes and bowls creates a beautiful contrast of light and shadow. Puiforcat is in the avant garde of Art Deco and Modernes design. This is a nice, heavy set which feels good and well-weighted in the hand.
Jean Puiforcat comes from a long line of silversmiths dating from the 19th c. He was named a master silversmith in 1920. His name is synonymous with Art Deco glamour; even in his day, the important French silversmith was renowned for the elegant, often mathematical simplicity of his geometric forms and the unexpected combination of flawless metalwork with brilliantly polished hardstones, semiprecious stones, or glass. Andy Warhol collected Puiforcat silverware, which he acquired while visiting Paris in the 1970s. In 1988, Warhol memorabilia was sold at Sotheby's. The collection sold for $451,000 and a tureen with an aventurine decoration sold for $55,000. Work by Puiforcat is held in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Flatware comprising 89 pieces, all with maker's marks:
14 knives with stainless steel cutting blades 9" '
14 butter knives 5"
14 dinner forks 7 3/4"
14 salad forks 6 3/4"
14 soup spoons
14 tea spoons
1 salad serving fork
1 oval sauce ladle 6 5/8"
1 salad serving spoon 10 1/2"
2 additional large serving spoons 10 1/2"
A total of 6681 grams (about 15 pounds)