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Cutlery set - Dry

Dry

  • Object:

    Cutlery set

  • Place of origin:

    Milan, Italy (designed)

  • Date:

    1982 (designed)
    1982 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Castiglioni, Achille, born 1918 (designer)
    alessi (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stainless steel

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the manufacturer through Penhallow Marketing Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    M.16 to I-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

Physical description

The handles of this set of cutlery are shaped like a bar ingot with straight sides and a slightly curved end. The upper edge of the knife blades continue the line of the handle and then crops, with a small indentation, to continue in a parallel line to a rounded point. The serrated cutting edge slopes gradually away from the end towards the handle and then returns sharply to connect with the underside. The thin neck of both the forks and the spoons has concave sides. The forks have a curved bowl, straight sides and four elongated prongs. The bowl of the spoons are ovoid; the base of each bowl is off centre. The surface of each handle is given a satin finish in contrast to the highly polished blades and bowls.
[Knife] Knife made using a special carbon steel and hot forging technology.
[Knife] Knife made using a special carbon steel and hot forging technology.

Place of Origin

Milan, Italy (designed)

Date

1982 (designed)
1982 (made)

Artist/maker

Castiglioni, Achille, born 1918 (designer)
alessi (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stainless steel

Marks and inscriptions

'ALESSI INOX 18/10'

Dimensions

[Knife] Length: 22.3 cm, Width: 1.8 cm
[Fork] Length: 18.8 cm, Width: 2.1 cm
[Spoon] Length: 18.8 cm, Width: 4 cm
[Knife] Length: 18.8 cm, Width: 1.5 cm
[Knife] Length: 17.1 cm, Width: 1.9 cm
[Spoon] Length: 17.4 cm, Width: 3.6 cm
[Teaspoon] Length: 12.6 cm, Width: 2.4 cm
[Teaspoon] Length: 10.5 cm, Width: 1.8 cm
[Serving fork] Length: 24 cm, Width: 3.3 cm
[Serving spoon] Length: 24 cm, Width: 5 cm

Object history note

Cutlery set awarded the Compasso d'Oro prize in 1984.
[Knife] The knife in this cutlery set is made using a special carbon steel and hot forging technology. Minimum waste is made of the sheet steel in the stamping process. The blanks are tempered in thermal, salt baths which ensures that the blades maintain an excellent cutting edge.
[Knife] The knife in this cutlery set is made using a special carbon steel and hot forging technology. Minimum waste is made of the sheet steel in the stamping process. The blanks are tempered in thermal, salt baths which ensures that the blades maintain an excellent cutting edge.

Descriptive line

'Dry' cutlery set, stainless steel, made by Alessi, Italy, 1982.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Scarzella, Patrizia. Steel & Style, From Project to Product, The Story of Alessi Household Ware. Milan : Arcadia Edizioni, 1985 (translated 1987), p. 140.

Categories

Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection code

MET

Qr_O135765
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