Classic vintage silver eye candy at it’s best.
Mid Mod Designer Dorothy Thorpe
A 1950’s Dorothy Thorpe Silver Band compote holds cranberry sauce and a c. 1890 Whiting Mfg. Co. Twist ladle is used to serve it.
I’ve only recently discovered Dorothy Thorpe, despite being an avid Mad Men viewer, I somehow missed that Don Draper has Thorpe glasses in his office! Instead I literally stumbled across Thorpe while doing some research about modernist silversmith Alfredo Sciarrotta.
Her line of Silver Band glassware (you can see glasses in the photo as well) is made of lovely American crystal which she then decorated with a band of sterling silver as the trim. It’s a delicious modern twist on sterling overlay. Elegant, chic and timeless, it works perfectly with the Victorian era Twist ladle.
It’s paired in this table setting with very traditional Bernardaud cobalt and gold plates, but works equally well with a simple modern classic like Eva Zeisel’s Museum White for Hall.
Classic Vintage Silver
There is a lot of bad design in every era – trends come and hopefully they go again, swiftly. But the pieces that are just right…they will look fabulous forever and mix and match in just about any conceivable combination. In this instance I think Thorpe and Whiting managed to avoid the minefields of their particular eras and produced enduring classics. What an incredible skill it would be to spot these future classics while they were still contemporary!
Alas, as I lack that skill, I picked up my Thorpe piece from Amy Wilens who owns ModRendition. As I’ve said before, anyone or anything that gets a shoutout on Silver Magpies does so because I think they are fab and I have been a full paying customer, not because I have a financial relationship with them. Amy has a great eye and is super charming to deal with, check out this Georges Briard serving platter!
Thanks for all the great feedback about the Salt Spoon – Vintage Silver and Salt post. I have had a few amusing interactions from people who have confessed they have worried about the salt damaging the silver over the course of a dinner party! Honestly, it way tougher than most of us give it credit for. It wouldn’t have been used, endured, and prized for 1000’s of years if it wasn’t well suited to the task. 🙂
Also, I’m glad the infomration about lead in silverplate and crystal was useful…an unintentional but benefical PSA as it turns out.