Inc Allan Adler

Sculptures

Inc Allan Adler

Sculptures

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Called the "silversmith to the stars" for his celebrity patrons including Joan Crawford and Michael Jackson, Allan Adler popularized a stylized silver aesthetic rooted in early twentieth-century Modernist art and design. Raised in Burbank, California, Adler learned the silver craft from his father-in-law, Porter Blanchard, a seventh-generation Arts-and-Crafts silversmith from Massachusetts. Adler’s early hollowware and flatware designs from the 1940s, characterized by a sleek, minimalist geometry, instantly attracted Hollywood actors, such as regular customers Katherine Hepburn, who took silversmith lessons from him, and Errol Flynn. Such attention led to other high-profile commissions in the entertainment industry, including designing crowns for Miss Universe and Miss U.S.A. and mini-Oscars for Academy Award winners. During the late 1950s and ‘60s, Adler’s celebrity clientele extended into the political realm. He created a campaign pin for presidential candidate and Illinois senator Adlai E. Stevenson, a golf trophy for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a coffee urn for presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, flatware for California Governor Pat Brown, and a silver hairbrush for Winston Churchill. A successful businessman, Adler opened shops on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and in La Jolla, Corona del Mar, and San Francisco. His stores were always packed with clients, who appreciated his unconventional, handcrafted pieces with clean lines. Favorites among his designs were a teardrop-shaped teapot, an egg-shaped coffee urn, and “Chinese Key,” “Fiddle,” and “Swedish Modern” flatware patterns. Adler received honorary awards from the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution, and his work is featured at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Huntington Library and Gardens, among other notable institutions.


 

Inc Allan Adler Original Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
An Eighty-Five Piece Allan Adler Round End Pattern Silver Flatware Service for Twelve, Los Angeles, California,... (Tota...
An Eighty-Five Piece Allan Adler Round End Pattern Silver Flatware Service for Twelve, Los Angeles, California,... (Total: 84 )
Lot 74165
Auction 5261
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
$9,375.00
A SET OF TWELVE ALLAN ADLER SILVER CHARGERS Allan Adler, Inc, Los Angeles, California, circa 1950 Marks: ALLAN ADLER, ST...
A SET OF TWELVE ALLAN ADLER SILVER CHARGERSAllan Adler, Inc, Los Angeles, California, circa 1950Marks: ALLAN ADLER, ST... (Total: 12 Items)
Lot 68489
Auction 5166
Saturday, May 10, 2014
$9,375.00
A SIXTY-SIX PIECE ALLAN ADLER SILVER STARLIT PATTERN FLATWARE SERVICE Allan Adler, Inc, Studio City, Californi... (Total...
A SIXTY-SIX PIECE ALLAN ADLER SILVER STARLIT PATTERN FLATWARE SERVICE Allan Adler, Inc, Studio City, Californi... (Total: 66 Items)
Lot 68231
Auction 5108
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
$4,375.00
Allan Adler (American, 1916-2002) Swedish Modern (flatware service for six), circa 1969 Silver and stainless steel 8-
Allan Adler (American, 1916-2002)Swedish Modern (flatware service for six), circa 1969Silver and stainless steel8-...
Lot 67036
Auction 5235
Saturday, October 10, 2015
$3,500.00
A Group of Six Allan Adler Round End Pattern Silver Flatware Serving Pieces, Los Angeles, California, circa 1950... (Tot...
A Group of Six Allan Adler Round End Pattern Silver Flatware Serving Pieces, Los Angeles, California, circa 1950... (Total: 6 )
Lot 74166
Auction 5261
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
$2,125.00

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