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Extremely Rare American Arts and Crafts Copper Jardinière by Arthur Stone, Gardiner, MA, c. 1905


This wonderful bowl features a hammered surface and, on the lower two thirds, decoration consisting of a swirling band of two thin lobes and one thicker lobe repeating around the body. Unlike Stone’s silver with a lightly planished surface, this bowl has bolder hammering making the flat surfaces sparkle.

Only a few pieces of copper made by Arthur Stone are known and it is believed that most of these items were made for his family’s personal use. A similar bowl, with applied silver decoration, was part of his display at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Exposition where he won a silver medal. He kept that bowl and now it is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.(1)

Trained as a silversmith in England, Stone created items in traditional silver forms. It is extremely rare to see pieces of his which relate to pottery forms of the period. This exceptional piece displays a greater understanding of the arts and crafts movement, as a whole, than is typically seen in his silver. We find his juxtaposing a less-traditional silver form with a more typical silver type decoration quite engaging.

Arthur J. Stone was the undisputed master silversmith of the Boston arts and crafts movement. In recognition of his skill, Stone was the first silversmith to win the award of 'Medalist', the highest honor for craft bestowed by the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston. 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. This piece was made entirely by Stone himself and it is pieces like this, showing Stone's own hand, which are most prized by collectors and museums.

This rare copper bowl is marked with Stone’s early engraved mark. It measures 8.5 wide by 5 inches high. It is in very good/ excellent antique condition with some wear to the original patination. It has great eye appeal.

Provenance:
ARK Antiques 1988,
Private collection

Endnote:

  1. Jeannine Falino & Gerald Ward, eds., Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000: American Silver in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 20008), p. 374.
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