Theodore B. Starr Sterling Art Nouveau Vase, c. 1900-10
Iris flowers and foliage boldly dominate the design of this vase. The swirling flared foot rises from rhizomes to stem to leaves which undulate in a fluid and organic manner. The flower stems appear to submerge in water like reserves and then reemerge below the rim to become bold cast, applied and pierced bearded iris in full bloom. Dramatic and lively, the sinuous organic lines of this vase are derived from continental designs and are fairly rare in American silver.
This vase is marked underneath 'THEODORE B. STARR', 'NEW YORK', 'STERLING', and the model number '1669'. This piece measures 17.125 inches high, weighs 32.4 troy ounces and is in excellent condition. It is monogrammed 'MVB' in a cursive style in one reserve.