Allan Adler Silver Cuff SOLD A449

Allan Adler Silver Cuff.

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Allan Adler (1916-2002) was a silversmith who worked in the Arts and Crafts style. Born in Missoula, Montana, he lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles, California. He learned the trade from his father in law, Porter Blanchard.   Beginning his career as an apprentice in 1938, Adler designed silverware and holloware in shapes inspired by the Modernist art movement of the early 1900s. His name became associated with Hollywood glamour in the early 1940s, and he was commissioned to design mini-Oscars for Academy Award winners, crowns for Miss Universe and Miss USA, and silver bowls, candlesticks and goblets for celebrity clients.  His Sunset Boulevard shop attracted Hollywood actors and actresses, several of whom took private silversmith lessons from him. One student, Katharine Hepburn, occasionally worked in the shop. During John F. Kennedy‘s presidential campaign, Adler crafted a silver coffee urn to be used at a fund-raising event. Soon afterward, he designed flatware for California Gov. Pat Brown and a silver hairbrush for Winston Churchill. A savvy businessman as well as an artisan, Adler opened his own shops, first on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, later in La Jolla, Corona del Mar and San Francisco. He once described his style as “clean lines with a bent toward the unconventional.” A teapot modeled after a teardrop and a coffee urn shaped like an oversized egg were among his favorite creations.Allan’s combination of style and craftsmanship has garnered substantial attention over the years. He was commissioned to design the pins the first seven astronauts wore into space. He was honored by the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and designated as a Living Treasure in the State of California.