Martelé Wine Pitcher
William Christmas Codman (American, 1839-1921), design supervisor
J. Hoare and Company, Corning, NY, 1868-1921, glass engravers
Edward Zio (American, 1868-1927), chasing
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.