Rare Form

Puiforcat at the Highland Park Village Herm├Ęs Boutique

Amy Adams
October 10, 2012

One can’t blame a dish that chooses to run away with a Puiforcat spoon. Originally established as a family-owned cutlery workshop in 1820, the company was purchased by Hermès in 1993 and continues to produce designs that inspire both love at first sight and serious squabbling amongst those jockeying for great grand-meré’s estate. From October 3 through 27, a selection of Art Deco and more contemporary pieces will leave Puiforcat’s closely guarded archives for a rare public appearance at the Highland Park Village Hermès store. The show’s standouts include a sterling-silver, ivory and Macassar-ebony chess set designed in 1927 by fourth-generation family member Jean É. Puiforcat, selling for $95,000. (Bobby Fischer types will note that each piece’s shape reflects its possible path on the board and the characteristics of its individual personality.) Equally notable is the circa-1925 Visionary Lamp ($55,000), which weighs in at 4.4 pounds of mirror-finished sterling silver, making it both a gleaming addition to one’s bedside table and a chic weapon against home intruders. The Vulcain vase, circa 2007 — crafted from a single sheet of sterling silver — requires more than 600 hammer strokes to achieve its perfectly oval shape ($29,500); while the pitcher’s deftly flared solid-silver body and Indian-rosewood handle (circa 1930; $78,700) takes the dispensation of orange juice to a whole new level. Hermès, 21 Highland Park Village, 214.528.0197; appointments recommended.