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Twisted Plate Setting (knife)

designed 1985, manufactured 2000 Michel Royston Born: Berkeley, California 1947 Died: Redding, California 2008 forged sterling silver, surgical steel knife blade 9 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 7/8 in. (24.5 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of friends of the artist and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund © 1985, Michel A. Royston 2000.63.1 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“I’m committed to exploration of line and form in a living sense. Each piece must express its own direction, its own fullness, its own movement or dance.” Royston, artist’s Web site

Luce Center Label

This piece is from a six-part place setting that Michel Royston designed in 1985 and produced in 2000. The undulating surfaces create waves of color along the smooth, polished metal that appear to dance and flow with the light. The curved handles not only add an unusual and striking design element, but also fit comfortably within the contours of a user’s hand. In this way, Royston combines organic forms with the ritual of eating, a natural function that has been shaped and refined over time by our culture.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

About Michel Royston

Born: Berkeley, California 1947 Died: Redding, California 2008

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