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Arthur Stone Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Decorated Bowl, Gardner, MA, 1920-36

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Examples of decorated sterling from the shop of Arthur Stone are quite scarce and always interesting. Beautifully proportioned, this bowl is a wonderful example of hand raised silver with stunning chased decoration. It has a hand-drawn applied band around the shaped rim, a complementary banded foot and features the lovely soft hammered surface typical of Stone's shop.

Precise chasing creates 6 stems rising from the base with dramatic representations of flowers in bloom with branches and leaves. Branching out from the stems are chased free-style squiggly lines which create a wondrous fluid design connecting the flowers around the bowl. This imaginative design is very intricate and artistically executed.

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, Herman Glendenning (Boston Society of Arts & Crafts 'Master Craftsman') raised this piece. Glendenning worked at the Stone Shop from 1920 until 1936.

This stunning arts & crafts bowl is marked underneath with Stone's shop mark used from 1910-37 along with 'STERLING/ G'. It measures 5 inches in diameter by 4.5 inches high, weighs 28.70 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.