Arthur Stone Sterling Silver Trophy Cup, Gardner, MA c. 1920
This is a rare form from the shop of Arthur Stone. It is beautifully shaped with a cup body on attached pedestal base with a graceful flaring rim and s-scrolled applied handles with shield terminals. A lovely hammered surface is decorated with applied horizontal banding at the midsection and deep chased lines creating six panels.
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 lovely trophy cup was raised by Herbert Taylor, Stone's 'right hand man' and possibly the most accomplished silversmith who worked for Stone. Taylor was one of only eight silversmiths to win the award of 'Medalist', the highest honor for craft bestowed by the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston.
Marked with Stone's trademark, 'Sterling' and 'T' for Herbert Taylor, this lovely item measures 9 inches across the handles by just over 7 inches high, weighs 26.60 troy ounces, has never been monogrammed and is in excellent condition.