Arthur John Stone (American, born England, 1847–1938)
Silver; 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm), Wt. 119.1 g (3.829 troy ounces)
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Goelet Gift, 1990 (1990.49)
Arthur J. Stone emigrated to the United States in 1884 from Sheffield, England. He established a silversmithing shop in Gardner, Massachusetts, in 1901 and became a dedicated member of the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. Arthur Stone believed in the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, including handcraftsmanship, honesty in materials, and simple design. When the business grew, and he could longer execute all pieces individually, Stone's mark was stamped along with the initial of the craftsman who worked on it, promoting the idea of individualism. This cup bears the letter "T" for Herbert A. Taylor, one of Stone's employees. It was made for English-born actress Julia Marlowe (1865–1950), who married the Shakespearean actor Edward H. Sothern (1859–1933), and features her chased monogram "JMS" above an elegant grapevine design. The beaker shape of this cup is related to late seventeenth-century American silver forms. In fact, Stone's work emulates the simple and beautiful surfaces of eighteenth-century silver.