Gorham Antique Sterling Silver Figural Centerpiece Bowl or Fruit Stand, Providence, RI, 1868, retailed by Tiffany & Company
This is a wonderful centerpiece or fruit stand with exceptional design. The circular bowl has an deep horizontal fluted edge bordered by a ring of fine beading. The unusual loop handles are flanked with classical scroll devices with artichoke decoration.
The bowl has an unadorned shiny surface which reflects its surroundings beautifully. The interior is beautifully engraved with decorative devices and foliage. The grey areas you see in the picture below are reflections from the studio.
The base is a circular stepped dome. The shape of the base edge compliments the shape of the bowl. A row of matching but larger beading encircles the foot.
The pedestal stem is an exceptionally cast figure of a draped woman. Barefoot and standing on a stippled dome, again with matching beading, her arms are raised as if to hold the weight of the bowl and its contents as she gazes to her left. Once again, the quality and details of the casting are spectacular.
The layered drape clothing is beautifully executed. One sees the high degree of detail on both the front and back of the figure and how naturally the gown drapes.
The contrast between the plain, reflective surfaces of the bowl and foot and the exquisite castings create this wonderful sculptural centerpiece.
This rare bowl is marked underneath with Gorham's trademark along with 'STERLING', the model number 165 and the 'A' date mark of 1868. It is also stamped 'T&CO' which means it was actually retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York City. The bowl measures 14 inches across the handles and the piece stands 12 inches high, weighs 41.70 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition with very light wear to the interior of the bowl. It has never been monogrammed.