Robert R. Jarvie Important Sterling Silver Golf Trophy, Chicago, IL, 1913
Incredible design and proportions create this rare, magnificent golf trophy. Four rectangular columns rise from a domed, hammered base. Striking, curved panels are suspended near the tops between the columns. Decorated with aesthetic inspired motifs, the panels exude bold modernism against a textured background. The large bowl with flaring lip has an applied wire underneath its outer edge. Two outstanding repousséd areas of abstract organic shapes complimentary to the panels create an intriguing display of art.
The areas between the decoration are engraved:
WH ROCKWOOD TROPHY HOMEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB WON BY H.W. LOCKETT 1913
The Homeward Country Club was founded in 1899 in Bloom Township, Illinois and later became the Flossmore Country Club. In 1913 it was awarded to host the Western Amateur Championship where Henry W. Lockett won 2 of three events.(1) Not much is known about Lockett. A 1919 publication states that Major H.W. Lockett was a building section chief in the construction division of the Army. After his service, he was transferred to the New York office of Fred S. James & Co in charge of engineering and inspection work.(2) He was the son of Colonel S.H. Lockett, an engineer who built the foundation for the Statue of Liberty in New York City Harbor.(3)
This outstanding trophy features many elements of the finest American arts & crafts silver. For another example of a great trophy by Jarvie with similar decoration which we sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,see here and here.
Robert Riddle Jarvie of Chicago was the single most important American arts & crafts metalsmith. He started his career at the turn of the century making copper and bronze floral-form candlesticks that have become iconic to the arts & crafts movement.
About 1910, he became a founding member of the Cliff Dweller's Club, a group of artistically minded Chicagoans, where he met the important Prairie school architect George Elmslie. With Cliff Dwellers' encouragement and patronage, Jarvie started fashioning objects in silver - producing some of the finest arts and crafts silver ever made. Many of his rare pieces are institutionally owned (see the Art Institute of Chicago's website).
Most of the silver produced in his shop dates from 1912 to 1914 and it is rare to find pieces as exciting as this trophy. During this brief period he employed important artisan silversmiths including John Petterson.
Robert Jarvie was of Scottish descent. The easy familiarity between the decoration on this trophy and that of designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow is a wonderful example of the collaborative nature of the world-wide arts & crafts movement which can also be seen in designs from the secessionist movement in Vienna.
Robert Riddle Jarvie's silver rarely comes on the market today, and pieces of this quality are now primarily in institutional collections.
This very rare trophy is marked underneath "STERLING', 'Jarvie' and '1138.' It measures just shy of 10 inches high by 8.25 inches in diameter at the top. It weighs 37.25 troy ounces and is in very good antique condition with staining to the interior of the bowl.
Western Amateur Championship, Records and Statistics Guide, 1899-2018, p 176.
The Spectator, A Weekly Review of Insurance, Jan 16, 1919, (University of Michigan) vol. 102-103, p 22.
New York Times, obituary, March 8, 1949
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