Arthur Stone Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Footed Salver, Tea Pot Stand or Card Tray, 1918
This wonderful tea pot stand or salver was hand made in Arthur Stone's Gardner, Massachusetts shop in the early 20th century. It has a raised edge and four applied feet.
The surface is masterfully chased with incised lines and floral and foliate decoration. The underside is monogrammed 'J.A.T/ 1918'. It may have been a tea pot stand but it seems a bit larger than we would expect for that purpose. Possibly this is a real card tray, not a teapot stand being misrepresented as one.
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 Taylor raised this piece. Stone did all the chasing on pieces made before his 1924 stroke. It is these pieces, showing Stone's own hand, which are most prized by collectors and museums.
'J.A.T.' is for Julia A. Trask, an Associate Life Member of the Society of Arts & Crafts in Boston, and an important patron of the Boston arts & crafts movement. A similar round salver also raised by Taylor, similarly decorated by Stone and engraved 'J.A.T/ 1918' is pictured in Arthur J. Stone, 1847-1938: Designer and Silversmith by Elenita C. Chickering, catalog number 122, p. 142, color plate XXII, p. 83.
This lovely salver is marked underneath with Stone's anvil trademark, 'STERLING/ T'. It measure 7.5 long by 5.75 deep by 1.25 inches high, weighs 9.25 troy is in excellent condition.
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