• Important American Silver auction at Christies

    Sale 2814

    Important American Silver

    23 January 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 9

    A SILVER COCKTAIL SHAKER

    MARK OF PEER SMED, NEW YORK, 1931

    Price Realised  

    A SILVER COCKTAIL SHAKER
    MARK OF PEER SMED, NEW YORK, 1931
    Modeled as a standing bear, on a circular base, the interior with a hinged and pierced ice strainer, the head sits on body covering an inner cap with bayonet mount, marked under base
    15½ in. (39.4 cm.) high; 60 oz. (1,874 gr.)


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    Danish silversmith Peer Smed (1878-1943) worked for Georg Jensen and the Royal silversmith, Anton Michelsen, in Copenhagen before emigrating to the United States in 1912. During the 1930s, he worked from his Brooklyn studio, primarily in the Danish style. His work is characterized by flower, cornucopia, grape, and seashell motifs. He participated in several exhibitions of contemporary metalwork, including one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1937 and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1937-38. (See Deborah Dependahl Waters, Elegant Plate: Three Centuries of Precious Metals in New York City, Vol. II, 2000, pp. 541-43.)