Clemens Friedell Sterling Silver 'Poppy' Bowl, Pasadena, CA, c. 1915
This stunning bowl was executed by Clemens Friedell, one of the most famous silversmiths of the California arts and crafts movement during the early 20th century. He worked as a chaser for Gorham in their Martelé line and later executed his own pieces in Pasadena, California. The California Poppy is the state flower for California.
This serving or centerpiece bowl is in the form of a poppy in bloom. The realistic, irregular striations of the petals and folds on the edges is just stunning. The center is chased with a medallion of stamens. The hammering and design give a nice fluid motion to the bowl. The exterior is also stunningly finished and is attached to a hammered ring pedestal base.
This rare sterling silver bowl is marked underneath 'FRIEDELL/ STERLING'. It measures 9.5 inches wide by 2.75 inches high, weighs 11.90 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.