This is a Cheese knife. It was designed by Walter von Nessen. It is dated ca. 1935 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is chromium-plated brass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
This cheese knife embodies the aerodynamic, streamlined style so prevalent in the 1930s. The horizontal lines, curved shapes, and feeling of movement that can be found in objects as diverse as Raymond Loewy’s S1 Locomotive or Walter Dorwin Teague’s desk lamp are equally present in this tabletop accessory.
This object was
George R. Kravis II.
It is credited
Gift of George R. Kravis II.
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Its dimensions are
L x W x D: 17.1 × 1.9 × 0.5 cm (6 3/4 × 3/4 × 3/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Cheese Knife; Designed by Walter von Nessen (American, 1889 - 1943); chromium-plated brass; L x W x D: 17.1 × 1.9 × 0.5 cm (6 3/4 × 3/4 × 3/16 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2015-5-10
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.