Arthur Stone Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Presentation Punch Bowl, Gardner, MA, c. 1911
This large bowl is beautifully proportioned on a stepped pedestal base, and 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. The Stone archives at the American Archives of Art indicate this is a punch bowl.
It is engraved around its upper edge:
MAXIMILIAN LINDSAY KELLNER TWENTY FIVE YEARS A TEACHER IN THE EPISCOPAL THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL 1886-1911 FROM THE ALUMNI
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, Herbert A. Taylor raised this piece. Taylor worked for Stone from 1906-37 and was considered Stone's ' right-hand man' and possibly the most accomplished silversmith who worked for Stone. Taylor was one of only eight silversmiths to win the award of 'Medalist,' the highest honor for craft bestowed by the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston. This bowl is an early example from Stone's shop.
The Episcopal Divinity School was formerly the Episcopal Theological School founded in 1867 in Cambridge; it changed its name in 1974 when it combined with the Philadelphia Divinity School which was founded in 1857. In 2018, the school merged with the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and the campus was acquired by Leslie University. For more history of the school, see here.
This bowl is marked underneath with the Stone trademark, 'STERLING', and Taylor's 'T' mark. It measures 10 inches in diameter by 7 inches high, weighs 36.45 troy ounces and is in very good antique condition with a bit of staining inside from use.
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