Modell No. 3000 1/2 "Darmstadter Stil" fish fork
Hans Christiansen ( German, 1866 - 1945 )
Peter Bruckmann & Söhne ( German, 1805 - 1973 )
- Designed 1901–1902
Hans Christiansen, a member of the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony alongside fellow designer Peter Behrens, spent his early career focused on interiors; however, he also produced designs for select decorative objects—such as textiles, porcelains, tableware, and silver flatware—to outfit his interiors, including this Darmstadter Stil (Darmstadt Style) fish fork and its matching knife (2009.32.2.1). The exuberant curves of the prongs of the fork and blade of the knife, as well as the ribbons engraved into the silver, are characteristic of Christiansen’s style as well as the sinuous abstract decoration that characterized much of the work of the Darmstadt designers.
Samantha Robinson, Label text ( 2009.32.1-2), Conservation Galleries, 2014.