An American  sterling silver  Modernist table suite designed by Alphonse LaPaglia for International Silver Co., Meriden, CT, mid-20th century

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Lot 1104
An American sterling silver Modernist table suite
designed by Alphonse LaPaglia for International Silver Co., Meriden, CT, mid-20th century

Sold for US$ 2,750 inc. premium
An American sterling silver Modernist table suite
designed by Alphonse LaPaglia for International Silver Co., Meriden, CT, mid-20th century
#139, comprising: 6 water goblets; 6 wine goblets; 6 bread plates and 8 cordials, cased, total weight approximately 101oz troy (26)
the water goblet height 6 1/2in (15.75cm); diameter 3 1/2in (9cm).

Footnotes

  • Sicilian-born Alphonse LaPaglia was necessarily influenced by the historic arts of Southern Europe during his formative years. In the second quarter of the 20th century, when Danish Modern designers emerged as an aesthetic-altering creative force, LaPaglia's pieces reflected this new stimulus. During World War II, when the supply of Jensen wares from Copenhagen were cut off, LaPaglia created pieces for Georg Jensen U.S.A., in New York City, from his Summit, NJ studio. 



    LaPaglia parted ways with Jensen some time in 1948-49 but carried on his own production. In 1952 he partnered with the International Silver Company and relocated his workshop to Meriden, CT. There he met Danish born Kurt Eric Christoffersen, also a designer for International Silver and the two formed the International Sterling Craft Associates, which produced a line of high-end Modernist jewelry and hollowware for the company. Tragically, Alphonse LaPaglia died less than a year later as a result of complications from a fall. International Silver acquired the design rights from LaPaglia's widow and production continued. Kurt Christoffersen carried on as director of the International Sterling Craft Associates until 1957.
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An American  sterling silver  Modernist table suite designed by Alphonse LaPaglia for International Silver Co., Meriden, CT, mid-20th century
An American  sterling silver  Modernist table suite designed by Alphonse LaPaglia for International Silver Co., Meriden, CT, mid-20th century
An American  sterling silver  Modernist table suite designed by Alphonse LaPaglia for International Silver Co., Meriden, CT, mid-20th century
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