Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, 1831–present)
Made in Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Silver and copper
9 in. (22.9 cm)
Purchase, Judy and John M. Angelo and Robert L. and Ann R. Fromer Gifts, 2008
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
Silver of the Aesthetic movement was greatly influenced by Japanese fine and decorative arts, particularly mixed-metal objects. Gorham Manufacturing Company was the first of the American silver manufactories to produce mixed-metal wares. This vase, with its textured surface, Japanese-inspired copper medallions, and applied asymmetrical figural decoration, epitomizes Anglo-Japanesque metalwork at its finest.
Marking: The vase is stamped on the underside with Gorham's standard trademark (lion; anchor; G) / STERLING / B86 / M.
The vendor is Margot Johnson, Inc., New York. No previous provenance is yet known.