A large, Art Deco silver-plated Tazza designed by Luc Lanel for Christofle comprising a shallow, hand-hammered circular bowl with 2 small engraved circles, set on a central cylindrical stem which rises up from a circular, hand-hammered, domed base. Around the stem are 4 spheres that are attached by a flat flange.
Lanel designed this model as a fruit bowl for the transatlantic liner S.S. Normandie’s 300 foot long first class dining room. Christofle manufactured Lanel’s designs for the ocean liner’s famously luxurious Art Deco interiors. Lanel’s affiliation with Christofle lasted from 1920-1946.
The identical Tazza is displayed as a 2-page photograph on page 12-13 of Dominique Forest’s biography entitled “Lanel, Luc and Marjolaine” by Norma Editions (see photo). A copy of this book is included as part of the purchase.
The piece is marked under the foot “CHRISTOFLE FRANCE” together with the firm’s mark and also forms part of the V&A collection, stored under reference CIRC 94-1975.
The piece is in exceptional condition, being structurally sound with no dents. The electroplate is also in very good condition.
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