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Martelé Wine Pitcher

Decorative Arts and Design
Martelé Wine Pitcher

Artwork Details


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




Silver and engraved lead glass

Accession #



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



This decanter was among the American works unveiled to great acclaim at the Paris Exposition of 1900. It belongs to a line of hand-formed and decorated silver called martelé (French for “hammered”) that the Gorham Manufacturing Company developed in the Art Nouveau style. This “new art” rejected classical decoration in favor of flowing, sinewy, organic forms. American makers such as Gorham found success with objects in this style, directly competing with and, in the case of silver, often surpassing their European competitors.


Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection