Material and Medium: stainless steel
Dimensions: Overall: 145 x 100mm (5 11/16 x 3 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2012.98
This is a modern preserve container, or jam pot, made by the Italian kitchenware manufacturers Morinox. It is made from stainless steel and dates from the 1960s or 1970s. The container is shaped like a pear and has an aperture in the bottom edge of the lid for a spoon handle.
The pot is stamped on the underside with ‘Morinox 18/10’. The numbers refer to the ratio of metals in the stainless steel alloy: 18 % chromium and 10 % nickel. In Europe, stainless steel is known primarily as ‘Inox’, which comes from the French word ‘inoxydable’ meaning ‘non-rusting’. 18/10 stainless steel is traditionally the best alloy for making quality stainless steel cutlery and tableware products.
Morinox is the brand name of the Italian manufacturers Mori Produzione Inox S.P.A. The company began as a family firm set up in 1930 by Nicola Mori. In the 1950s they embraced the market possibilities of stainless steel and began producing cutlery, combining the family name with ‘inox’ to create the brand name Morinox. The firm became a limited company in 1975. They continue to produce kitchenware for an international market, exporting to 40 countries worldwide.
Ceramic vessels designed to look like foods have been made since the 16th century. They were particularly fashionable in the 18th century and in the 20th became more affordable for a wider market. This stainless steel pear-shaped pot is a good illustration of the way modern tableware took inspiration from the decorative traditions of the past to create sleek contemporary design pieces in new modern materials.