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Martelé Wine Pitcher

Decorative Arts and Design
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Martelé Wine Pitcher

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, established 1831), manufacturer
William Christmas Codman (American, 1839-1921), design supervisor
J. Hoare and Company, Corning, NY, 1868-1921, glass engravers
Edward Zio (American, 1868-1927), chasing

Date

1900

Medium

Silver and engraved lead glass

Accession #

1982.306

Dimensions

13 7/8 x 7 x 5 7/8 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 302

Description

This decanter was among the objects unveiled to great acclaim at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. It belongs to a line of silver called Martelé (“hand-hammered”) developed by the Gorham Manufacturing Company in the Art Nouveau style. This “new art” rejected traditional decoration, which often depended on stylistic references to the past, in favor of flowing, sinewy organic forms. Although Art Nouveau was primarily a European movement, American companies such as Gorham found success with objects in this style.

Credit

Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection