Oneida Michelangelo, Louisiana Stainless Steel Flatware/Silverware Review
Oneida Decorative flatware department focuses on two main design categories. One radiates a deep “aristocratic” flair, which includes various regal and even antique nobility inspired shapes, patterns, and scroll work. The other embodies surprisingly modern ideas – though it differs notably from the recent contemporary trends presented in the dedicated Modern department – and parades Art Deco and Pop Art based ornamentation, two quintessential 20th century decorative styles that have become classic. As a result, this Oneida division can boast of being one of the brand's most diverse, both historically and stylistically.
The ornamentation in the famous Michelangelo collection is so intense as to almost spill over, in the forks, from the handle onto the deck of the fork itself. The handles of Michelangelo forks, knives and spoons feature an elegant violin shape and several layers of the most intricate, lacy scrollwork (a particular achievement considering the alloy employed in the making of the flatware: stainless steel – not the precious metals that are so much more friendly to fine metal work).
The multiple vines and scrolls eventually lend the cutlery that unique, rich look that's invested with deep familial authenticity and respect. This flatware seems to literally bring tradition to life.
On a more pragmatic note, the various grooves and swellings on the handles create a complex texture that contributes to an extra firm grip.
Louisiana pieces take off a part of that weight, leaving some of the surfaces smooth, and giving the fine metal work more space to spread upon. The botanical motifs can be discerned easily, and act as visual points of accent and interest. Overall, this collection can be viewed as “Michelangelo light.”
As befits aristocratically inspired silverware, Michelangelo includes rare and unusually shaped items manufactured with a very specific task in mind: carving fork (bidentate) and knife, salad serving set, casserole spoon, cake server and knife, and other serving flatware.
Service for 12 people (68 pieces) arrives in walnut or mahogany finish chests with their own miniature drawers.