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


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.