Rare Christophle x Karl Lagerfeld Flatware Collection Up for Auction – WWD

Want a Karl Lagerfeld piece for the dinner table?

How about 24 pieces?

Lagerfeld was a longtime collector of Christophe’s, with several pieces featured in his estate sale at Sotheby’s in 2021. The distinctive ovoid case and flatware are rendered in mirror-polished silver and glossy black lacquer with a graphic, Art Deco-inspired pattern. Only 1,500 pieces were made – 1,000 with a stainless steel case and just 500 in black lacquer – and all sold out upon their release.

Amid the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s retrospective of Lagerfeld’s life and work, Christophe has pulled the last remaining Karl Lagerfeld Mood collection from its archives and made it available for auction, with all proceeds going to the Fashion Institute of Technology. The next generation of fashion designers.

Numbered edition 25/500, the offered piece is one of the particularly rare editions in black lacquer, engraved with Christophle’s coat of arms and Lagerfeld’s signature. Once opened, the egg-shaped box reveals 24 pieces of silver-plated flatware. To commemorate the release of the collaboration in 2018, Lagerfeld photographed a self-portrait with a black lacquer mood.

The Mood collection, launched in 2015, has become one of Christophe’s bestsellers.

The estimate for the auction is $10,000. The online auction, which went live on Friday, runs through May 31 at charitybuzz.com. It opened with a bid of $2,000 and as of 4 p.m. Monday, the auction had two bidders and seven bids reaching $3,750. The offerings include six table knives, six table forks, six tablespoons and six teaspoons.

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