Christian Fjerdingstad was born in Denmark in 1891. Following an apprenticeship with a goldsmith, he opened his own workshop, but then World War I broke out. He joined the foreign legion but was demobilized in 1915 due to a wound, then settled in Fontenay-aux-Roses near the workshop of Fernand Léger, who persuaded him to exhibit his work at the 1921 Salon d’Automne. It was an immediate success. In 1924 he began working with the Christofle company, making silver pieces in his workshop and heading up Christofle’s creative efforts, designing its silver-plated metal pieces. He worked with boxwood, amber, coral, ivory, and rhinoceros horn, and showcased these materials using geometric volumes and smooth surfaces in combination with an exceptional sense of purity of line. He passed away in 1968.


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