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Ewer and Plateau

Maker:
Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, 1831–present)
Retailer:
Spaulding and Company
Date:
1901
Geography:
Made in Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 19 1/16 x 8 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. (48.4 x 22.2 x 16.2 cm); 64 oz. 9 dwt. (2005.6 g) Plateau: 2 5/16 x 17 1/4 in. (5.9 x 43.8 cm); 67 oz. 2 dwt. (2086.5 g)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Grant, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.214.26a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
"Martelé" was a term applied to a line of art silver introduced in 1900 by Gorham. It was considered the finest expression of the Art Nouveau style in America. The ewer and plateau, hand-hammered into undulating forms and decorated in repoussé with swirling waves, plants, and female figures, are particularly successful examples of Martelé silver.
Inscription: Ewer engraved on body in interlaced script: HJG and JMMG
Ewer and plateau lightly scratched on underside: 170
plateau lightly scratched near "NZ" mark: 162

Marking: marked on underside of Ewer: Martel["e" with accent aigu] / [lion]; [anchor]; [G] [all three surmounted by eagle] / 950-1000 FINE] / SPAULDING & CO / CHICAGO (incuse)
marked on underside of plateau: Martel["E" with accent aigu] / [lion]; [anchor]; [G] [all three surmounted by eagle]/ 9500-1000 FINE] / SPAULDING & CO. / CHICAGO (incuse)
marked inside footrim of Ewer: NY; [date mark of hourglass for 1901] (incuse)
marked on underside of plateau near rim: NZ; [date mark of hourglass for 1901] (incuse)
Hugh J. Grant, New York, until 1974
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