Arthur Stone Sterling Silver and Ivory Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts After-Dinner Coffee Pot, c. 1920
This beautiful after-dinner coffee pot was entirely hand wrought in the shop of Arthur Stone in Gardner, Massachusetts. It exhibits light planishing marks and soft finish for which Stone's shop is so famous. Decorated holloware is quite rare and this diminutive pot is a wonderful example of the striking forms with just the right amount of decoration produced in silver by Arthur Stone.
Attached to the body are a graceful shaped spout and handle with its original ivory insulators. The interior of the spout has a pierced strainer so that it could be used for tea or coffee. The bulbous body is divided into six panels with tapering chased lines - deeper and more engaged than the simple line chasing typically seen on these pieces.
The slender neck is chased with very finely chased lines which also section this area into six panels.
An attached lid is slightly domed and surmounted with a cup finial holding a teardrop ivory which resembles an acorn.
Stone ran one of the most important arts & crafts shops in the country. Items were hand made using traditional silversmithing techniques.
An innovator, Stone let the other masters who worked for him sign the items they made. This pot was raised by Arthur Hartwell who was a Master Craftsman within the Society of Arts & Crafts in Boston. For more information on Stone see Arthur J. Stone, 1847-1938: Designer and Silversmith by Elenita Chickering.
This wonderful coffee pot is marked underneath with the Stone trademark, 'STERLING', and 'H' for Hartwell. It measures 8 inches tall, weighs 13.35 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.
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