Julius Olaf Randahl (1880 – 1972) Swedish silversmith

Closeup of Juilus Olaf Randall fork and spoon set
Closeup of Juilus Olaf Randall fork and spoon set

Julius Olaf Randahl (1880 – 1972) was a Swedish silversmith. He worked in both New York and Chicago.

Biography

In 1901, he moved to New York and worked for Tiffany and Gorham Manufacturing. In 1907, he worked at the Kalo Shop in Chicago before opening his Randahl Shop in Park Ridge, Illinois, in 1911.

Its hollowware was sold in major department stores such as Marshall Field.

The manufacturing process was automated, but the finishing was performed by hand. Randahl was influenced by the Kalo Shop and Georg Jensen in Denmark. The company bought the Cellini Shop in 1957 and Cellini Craft in 1969. Reed and Barton bought it in 1965 and renamed it, Reed and Barton.

Exhibitions

He showed his silverware at the 1937 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne,’ receiving a silver medal for his fruit and stand candlestick.

Sources

Aspire Auctions, I. (n.d.). Aspire Auctions. https://www.aspireauctions.com/#!/catalog/386/2395/lot/120702.

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Randahl, J. O. (n.d.). Stemmed coupes set of 12 by Julius OlafRandahl. Stemmed coupes set of 12 by Julius Olaf Randahl on artnet. http://www.artnet.com/artists/julius-olaf-randahl/stemmed-coupes-set-of-12-s-UZ6iSJtPJj0S3vk-a6RQ2.

Additional Reading

Haslam, M., & Haslam, M. (1995). Marks & Monograms: The Decorative Arts, 1880-1960. Collins & Brown.

Krekel-Aalberse, A. (1989). Art Nouveau and Art Deco silver. Abrams.

Rainwater, D. T., Fuller, M., & Fuller, C. (2004). Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers. Schiffer Pub.

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