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Arthur Stone Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Rose Decorated Bowl, Gardner, Massachusetts, 1909-19

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Examples of decorated sterling from the shop of Arthur Stone are quite scarce and always interesting. Beautifully proportioned, this small bowl is a wonderful example of hand raised silver. It has a hand-drawn applied band around the rim, a complementary banded foot and features the lovely soft hammered surface typical of Stone's shop. Precise chasing creates 12 rose flowers in full bloom on a stem with leaves and thorns which travels horizontally around the bowl between chased two pairs of horizontal lines.

Arthur Stone was the undisputed master silversmith of the Boston arts and crafts movement. His shop produced some of the finest silver ever made, and many of the journeymen who worked for him were masters in their own right. Unlike other shops, Stone allowed his journeymen to mark their work. In this case, David Carlson raised this piece and Stone decorated it. Carlson worked for Stone from 1909-19 and achieved 'Master Craftsman' status bestowed by the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston.

This bowl is marked underneath with the Stone trademark, 'STERLING', and Carlson's 'C' mark. It measures 5.25 inches in diameter, 1.75 inches high and weighs 7.55 troy ounces. It is in very good/ excellent antique condition.