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    Sale 2132

    Important American Silver

    23 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 6

    A SILVER-MOUNTED COPPER BISCUIT BARREL

    ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEPH HEINRICH, NEW YORK AND PARIS, CIRCA 1911

    Price Realised  

    A SILVER-MOUNTED COPPER BISCUIT BARREL
    ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEPH HEINRICH, NEW YORK AND PARIS, CIRCA 1911
    Waisted cylindrical, the surface hammered, with an oxidized silver stitch-form upper border, with two rabbit-form handles and a bulbous domed cover surmounted by a wooden calyx finial with silver mount, engraved on one side of body with script monogram ACH and date January 4, 1911, marked COPPER AND SILVER under base
    10½ in. high


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    Joseph Heinrich was an important arts-and-crafts movement metal worker of the early 20th century. Though his work is often unsigned, the hammered copper with the distinctively bucolic addition of rabbit-form ornament is easily identified. Heinrich often retailed his work through firms like Tiffany & Co. and Gorham Mfg. Co., whose clients were newly interested in the possibility of American design as an evolving movement. Indeed, in Silver in America, 1840-1940 A Century of Splendor, 1994, Charles Venable cites Heinrich's work as "one rare exception" to the scarcity of design in "an overt 'American' aesthetic" (p. 197).

    This biscuit barrel and the water pitcher and mugs offered as lot 8 are rarely encountered forms.

    Provenance

    Arthur Charles (January 4, 1882-1931) and Florence Hensler (b. 1886), m. 1911
    Thence by descent to the present owner

    Arthur and Florence Hensler were associated with the Hensler Beer Corporation of Newark, New Jersey.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF FLORENCE AND ARTHUR HENSLER