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Loring Andrews Antique Sterling Silver Repoussé Vase, Cincinnati, OH, 1895-1903

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This is a stunning repoussé silver vase in an uncommon form with striking details.

At the top, the neck of the vase flares outwards and is bordered with a plain wire to contrast with the vase and also strengthen the edge. A nice display of classical leaves are displayed directly under the rim.

The work on the body is spectacular. Exquisite repoussé work against a stippled background resembling sand creates a beautiful 3-dimensional display of branches and various flowers. Highly unusual are the three arms protruding from the side of the vase to hold single flowers. They are quite stunning and add an extra decorative level to the vase.

The base is a lovely dome with a band outer edge which matches the top. The base is decorated in the same design and style as the main body with a plain neck.

Loring Andrews & Company were one of the great Cincinnati companies who 'manufactured and dealt in jewelry, sold and repaired watches and clocks, and dealt in imported and domestic ceramics, glass and silver".(1) They retailed silver flatware and holloware furnished by companies such as Durgin, Schultz & Co, Jacobi & Jenkins, Dominick & Haff, Gorham, Goodnow & Jenks and others. They 'became the authorized dealer of silver by S. Kirk & Son (Baltimore) sometime after 1915'.(2) This vase was likely made by Jacobi & Jenkins.

This stunning vase is marked underneath "LORING ANDREWS & CO/ STERLING/ CINCINNATI/ U.S.A'. It measures 6 inches wide by 12.75 inches tall, weighs 23 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.

Endnotes
  1. Amy Miller Dehan, Cincinnati Silver, 1788-1940, (London: Giles, 2014), p. 40.
  2. Dehan, p. 43.
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