The Kalo Shop Early Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Bowl or Vase, Park Ridge, IL, c. 1908-12
This stunning small bowl is quite striking and an exquisite example of early Kalo silver. Given it's decoration and size, it is probably meant to hold a small flower arrangement.
The bulbous body tapers inwards and flares slightly outwards around the opening. The body has a stunning shimmer due to the hand hammering.
Spectacular repoussé and chasing was used to create the lovely display of five flowers around the body. These flowers are wonderfully stylized arts and crafts blossoms which may represent water lilies, found in the 'Japanese' gardens popular during the early arts and crafts period.
A nearly identical bowl is in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.
The Kalo Shop is known for its hammered surfaces and creative, forward looking arts & crafts designs. It was started by Clara Barck Welles who was 'known for her fair employment practices and for giving opportunities to women to become metalsmiths'.(1)
This rare arts & crafts bowl is marked 'STERLING/ HAND BEATEN/ AT/ KALO SHOPS/ PARK RIDGE/ ILLS.'. It measures 4 inches wide by 3 inches high, weighs 6.45 troy ounces, has never been monogrammed and is in excellent antique condition.
Sharon S. Darling, Chicago Metalsmiths, (Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1977), p. 48.