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Chinese Ivory

  • Object:

    Place setting, `Chinese Ivory'

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1975 onwards (made)
    1975 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    David Mellor, CBE, OBE, RDI, born 1930 - died 2009 (designer)
    David Mellor, CBE, OBE, RDI, born 1930 - died 2009 (manufacturer)
    David Mellor Design Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Metal parts blanked out of flat strip steel and edged by machine, handles formed of acetal resin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the manufacturer

  • Museum number:

    M.3 to E-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

'Chinese Ivory' was first manufactured in 1975, the tenth of David Mellor's cutlery designs to come into production. Although as a designer, David Mellor has been involved in an immense variety of projects of many shapes and sizes - from large-scale designs for quantity production to individual pieces of specially commissioned hand-made silver - he has always specialised in cutlery. He has designed cutlery in sterling silver for British embassies and cutlery in stainless steel for government canteens. Five different ranges of his cutlery have won Design Centre Awards. Chinese Ivory and Chinese Black were given the award in 1977.

Physical description

Set of cutlery consisting of one table knife, fork and spoon and a smaller set made up of a dessert knife and spoon. White acetal resin handle fixed to stainless steel blade or bowl by a single steel tack in the centre. The knife blades are completely flat, the forks have four, broad tines, the spoons have a broad, shallow bowl.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (manufactured)

Date

1975 onwards (made)
1975 (designed)

Artist/maker

David Mellor, CBE, OBE, RDI, born 1930 - died 2009 (designer)
David Mellor, CBE, OBE, RDI, born 1930 - died 2009 (manufacturer)
David Mellor Design Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Metal parts blanked out of flat strip steel and edged by machine, handles formed of acetal resin

Marks and inscriptions

DAVID MELLOR / SHEFFIELD ENGLAND
On the knife blades only.

Dimensions

Length: 21.5 cm Table knife, Width: 2.2 cm Table knife, Length: 19.5 cm Table fork, Width: 2.2 cm Table fork, Length: 20 cm Soup spoon, Width: 5.2 cm Soup spoon maximum, Length: 18.5 cm Dessert knife, Width: 1.9 cm Dessert knife, Length: 18 cm Dessert fork, Width: 2.0 cm Dessert fork, Length: 17.5 cm Dessert spoon, Width: 4.3 cm Dessert spoon maximum

Object history note

" 'Chinese Ivory' was first manufactured in 1975, the tenth of David Mellor's cutlery designs to come into production. Although as a designer, David Mellor has been involved in an immense variety of projects of many shapes and sizes - from large-scale designs for quantity production to individual pieces of specially commissioned hand-made silver - he has always specialized in cutlery. He has designed cutlery in sterling silver for British embassies and cutlery in stainless steel for government canteens. Five different ranges of his cutlery have won Design Centre Awards. Chinese Ivory and Chinese Black were given the award in 1977." (taken from David Mellor promotional material)
A six piece place setting was originally retailed for £14.80 in 1975.

Historical significance: Winner of Design Centre Award in 1977.

Descriptive line

'Chinese Ivory' six piece place setting, (Dessert spoon, dessert fork and dessert knife, table spoon, table fork and table knife) designed and manufactured by David Mellor, Sheffield, 1975.

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

Christopher Frayling, <u>David Mellor master metalworker</u>, Sheffield, Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust, 1998, p.74-75.
Teleri Lloyd-Jones, David Mellor Design, Woodbridge, Antique Collectors' Club, 2009. pp.82-83. ISBN.978-1-85149-603-7
Lily Crowther, Award Winning British Design 1957-1988, London, V&A Publishing, 2012. pp.20, 95. ill. ISBN. 978-1-851-77673-3

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Stainless steel; Acetal resin

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Moulding

Categories

Design Council Award Winner; Eating; Metalwork; Product design; Tableware & cutlery

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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