Pair of Alphonse La Paglia for International Silver Co. Sterling Silver Vases, c. 1950’s


Being offered in their original fitted wooden presentation case, these vases are stunning. The plain surfaces of the pedestal bases have simple, stepped edges. This highly reflective surface creates a bold, modern look to the bodies with flaring top rims. Central to the strong, modern design are rows of repeating bellflowers below bold silver balls and rings.

Alphonse La Paglia created silver for Georg Jensen, USA and others. In 1952 International Silver Co. contracted La Paglia to create a line of modern silver. After La Paglia’s untimely death in 1953, International continued to make his designs . (See “Alphonse La Paglia: Silversmith and Designer” by Dorothy Rainwater in Silver Magazine, May/June 1995.) According to Rainwater, these ball and ring ornaments ‘symbolized flower bulbs and roots’ and the border symbolized ‘flowers ripe with seeds’.

These wonderful sterling silver vases are marked underneath INTERNATIONAL/ STERLING/ La Paglia Designed/ 118′. They measure 9.25 inches high by 4 inches wide at the top. They have a combined weight of 40 troy ounces and are in excellent condition.

The original wooden box has minor scratches to the exterior and is fitted throughout the interior with cranberry color anti-tarnish cloth.

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