After designer Theresa Jo completed her residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (1985-86), she came home to Cape Town, South Africa and created her handmade cutlery in 1988. This was the start of her Artvark Gallery which creates and sells the folk art of South Africa. Theresa Jo's cutlery designs are in the collections of Paloma Picasso, MoMA and Donna Karan, to name just a few.
The large serving fork and spoon are created of brass with the handles representing a king and queen, both inlaid with red copper. The bowl of the spoon and the tines of the fork are silver plated with a bright finish to a thickness of 33 microns. Each cutlery piece is stamped "Artvark" on the reverse side and is stored in its own dark brown cloth bag with the name Jacarandastyle on it---a now-defunct NYC based tabletop shop (we've included a link below about JacarandaStyle--you'll need to copy and paste it in your browser. Scroll down--it has a photo of a similar set). On the back of the fork is a small paper label, easily removable, reading "Handmade in South Africa".
Artvark Gallery, located in Kalk Bay, S.A. since 1998, no longer makes these beautiful pieces. Each one weighs over 5 ounces and measures about 9 1/2 inches long. They're in excellent condition, including the with a few tiny, faint scratches that we could not capture in our photos. (All reflections in the silverplate are of course due to our lighting.) They are African works of art you'll be proud to display.