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Vase

Maker:
Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, 1831–present)
Date:
1880
Geography:
Made in Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver and copper
Dimensions:
9 in. (22.9 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Judy and John M. Angelo and Robert L. and Ann R. Fromer Gifts, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.68
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
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.
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