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    Sale 2091

    Important American Silver

    17 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 119

    A PAIR OF SILVER AND MIXED-METAL VASES

    MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, 1879

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF SILVER AND MIXED-METAL VASES
    MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, 1879
    Cairo pattern, each gourd form with fluted lower body, the copper mid- band applied with silver flowers, trees, a dragonfly and bird, one neck inlaid with copper, brass and bronze speckles, the other with copper speckles against a stippled ground and applied with a copper and silver rope, each marked under base, also marked B13, one also marked with a heart
    6½ in. high; 12 oz. gross weight (2)


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    The rare Cairo (originally Curio) Pattern was introduced by Gorham in 1879 and is associated with flatware. To date, these vases and the bell in the following lot are the only known examples of Cairo applied to holloware. Both Gorham and Tiffany adopted mixed metal techniques inspired by Japanese metalwork in the late 1870s, although the process of fusing copper, gold and brass speckles to silver remains unclear. Cairo pattern was expensive to manufacture and was probably produced in limited quantities. Its absence from the Gorham catalogue the year after its introduction is indicative of its short life span. For a discussion of Cairo pattern and examples of flatware, see William P. Hood Jr., et al, "That Curious Cairo Pattern," Silver Magazine, September/October 2002, pp. 26-31.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PERSONAL COLLECTION OF AMERICAN AESTHETIC MOVEMENT SILVER