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


"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.