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Punch Bowl

Maker:
Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, 1831–present)
Date:
1901
Geography:
Made in Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver and silver gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 12 13/16 x 21 x 15 3/4 in. (32.5 x 53.3 x 40 cm); 223 oz. 15 dwt. (6959.8 g) Foot: Diam. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Grant, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.214.27
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
In the late 1890s, inspired by the ideals of England’s Arts and Crafts movement, Gorham introduced a new line of art silver called Martelé from the French term for "hammered." Its higher silver content (95 percent as opposed to sterling’s 92.5 percent) produced a softer, more malleable metal, which could be hammered into organic forms. The fluid character of Martelé also parallels the contemporary Art Nouveau style. On this massive Martelé punch bowl, night is represented by poppies—symbols of sleep—and by stars, the crescent moon, and bats on a garland held by two female figures. Morning glories and butterflies, chased in high relief on the opposite side, signify morning.
Inscription: lightly scratched on underside: 334

Marking: marked on underside: Martel["e" with accent aigu] / [lion] [anchor] [G] [all three surmounted by eagle] / 950-1000 FINE / SPAULDING & CO. / CHICAGO. (all incuse)
marked on underside of foot: PC (incuse)
Hugh J. Grant, New York, until 1974
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