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Service includes 12 each of the following: salad fork, place fork, place spoon, tea spoon and place knife.

Continental was designed in 1934 by Fred Stark (1885-1969), who began at the International Silver Company in 1923. The book, Modernism in American Silver states that, “The talented and versatile Stark, whose designs ranged from Scandinavian naturalism to geometric minimalism, produced silver of refinement and distinction regardless of the style he worked in.” Continental gained important recognition when it was illustrated in the publication Art and the Machine (1936) and In Vogue for October, 1, 1937, an advertisement quoted the prominent modernist designer, Donald Deskey, "I consider Continental as one of the few available sound modern designs in American silver thoroughly in keeping with modern architecture.” Production was suspended during World War II and was reissued in 1950, gaining further recognition by Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art in their publication Current Design for June 1950.

Advertised on page one of Fortune Magazine for September 1934 and proclaimed, “Presenting CONTINENTAL, A Triumph of Contemporary Design" International’s president at the time touted, “The time has come for pure modernism in flat silver design....first with a modern design that transcends all compromise. True modern design is severely simple, it is massive in proportions, it is intensely practical, it secures the essence of beauty through absolute simplicity. CONTINENTAL is all these things...stripped of petty traditions of design, innocent of a single compromising scroll of ornament…here is a sterling silver pattern in the tempo of today. [Continental] is made only in the most essential pieces and those in the most modern forms.”  Continental was shown in the catalogue for the Brooklyn Museum’s 1937 exhibition Industrial and Handwrought Silver and at the 1939 San Francisco Golden Gate Exposition.

—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Frederick William Stark 
International SIlver Company 
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