Arthur Stone Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Decorated Bowl, Gardner, Massachusetts, 1909-19
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. 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. Rising up the side of the bowl to the top are six exquisite decorative lines splitting at their tops and incorporating Celtic knots with whimsical dolphin heads.
Digital photos cannot show the subtle details of the chased decoration. The areas between the strap-work are chased with a hammered surface that beautifully contrasts with the flat surface of the strap-work.
A child's set with this design from 1916 is photographed inArthur J. Stone 1847-1938: Designer and Silversmith. The design drawing is also pictured. (1)
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 8 inches in diameter by just under 3.5 inches high, weighs 16.35 troy ounces and is in very good/ excellent antique condition with light scratches to the interior.
Elenita C. Chickering, Arthur J. Stone 1847-1938: Designer and Silversmith, (Boston: the Boston Athenaeum, 1994), p. 135.
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