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Peer Smed Sterling Silver Sauce Boat with Ladle, c. 1934


This extremely rare example of arts & crafts silver is from the New York shop of Peer Smed. Wonderful proportions, graceful lines and refined ornamentation make this unique item a work of art.

A helmet-shaped bowl has an attached c-scroll handle intricately executed with vine-like tendrils attaching to the body from the top and intertwining on the inside for a comfortable grip. Organic elements, which prevailed in great arts & crafts design, can be seen in the floral bud leading from the body to the attached base.

The off-center, yet balanced, placement of the support cantilevers the body, reflecting the modern architecture which would soon become popular in the United States. The decorated oval stand has a raised edge and domed interior.

The ladle is a stunning server made by Peer Smed's daughter, Lona. Resembling a small punch ladle, it incorporates pouring lips on both sides and a graceful curve. The decorative element at the top is actually the family's 'N' initial (Nelkin) beautifully incorporated into the design.

Both of these pieces are stunning and sparkle from the fluid, overall hammering.

The ladle is stamped on the back 'STERLING' and 'LPS' for Lona P. Schaffer. It measures 8.25 inches long and weighs 3.60 troy ounces.

The sauce boat with attached stand is marked underneath 'PEER SMED/ STERLING/ 1934'. It measures 8 inches long by 6 inches high and weighs 17.70 troy ounces. Both items are in excellent condition.

Provenance: Custom made for the Nelkin family of New York in 1934. Primarily by descent in the family.
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