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Arthur Court Mid-Century Modern Aluminum Whale Tray Platter Ice Bucket or Cooler



This large Mid-Century Modern (1979) cast aluminum Arthur Court Whale fish serving tray, ice bucket, or vine cooler will be the conversation piece at your next dinner party! Carefully crafted - casted and embossed in silvered metal- and incredible detailed, this vintage gorgeous and whimsical sealife collection serving platter is made up of three separate pieces. The whale-shaped covered serving dish features a large removable lid shaped like a mighty mother whale, decorated with red carnelian colored glass eyes. The whale rests upon a bespoke matching stand casted as a fitted figural base featuring whale babies interspersed with crashing waves in the manner of late Edo period Japanese prints. This wonderful large centerpiece is finely crafted and detailed of cast aluminum with defined detailing. Add whimsical nature-inspired style to any festive table setting with this fabulous highly collectible and sought after embossed silvered metal whale tureen. Fill it with crushed ice and a layer of raw seafood like stone crab claws, shrimp, oysters or champagne or prosecco bottles and let’s the party started! This collection piece is perfect for coastal homes everywhere or the desirable gift for adventurous seafood lover. Manufacturer stamp on base of lower two pieces "Arthur Court Designs Copyrighted 1979". Measures: W.65, D.30, H.17 cm including base Arthur Court designs was founded in 1966 with a focus on interior design. The company’s breakthrough came in the 1970s when it became the first company in the US to incorporate decorative aluminum into elegant tabletop collections. Since then, Arthur Court Designs remains a leader in the aluminum tableware and home decor industry with its sophisticated yet cheerful creations such as furnishings, bijoux and tableware based on natural forms.


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About Arthur Court (Designer)

The work of Arthur Court is a constant delight to his fans. The San Francisco based designer created a wide range of sophisticated yet cheerful furnishings and bijoux based on natural forms that included flowers, cacti, antlers and animals.

     Court’s designs drew on his rich and diverse experiences. He grew up in Minnesota, and his childhood rambles in the woods made him a lifelong naturalist. Navy service in the Pacific during World War II exposed Court to Asian cultures, and later in life Court was fond of taking African safaris. Upon his return from the war, Court moved to San Francisco and opened an interior design business — attracting such high-profile Hollywood clients as Shirley Temple Black and the Andrews Sisters. In 1966, he opened a store that offered smaller furniture pieces, tabletop wares and decorative sculptures. These included glass-topped tables with bases shaped like lilies or palm trees; whimsical monkey candlesticks and ice buckets in the form of rabbits and whales; or cast-aluminum tortoise shell-shaped lamps.

     As you will see from the offerings on these pages, Arthur Court appealed to anyone with a sense of joie de vivre. Take a look: it’s serious fun!

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