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    Sale 2091

    Important American Silver

    17 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 90

    A SILVER MUG

    MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, 1884

    Price Realised  

    A SILVER MUG
    MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, 1884
    Narragansett style, the cylindrical mug on shell and seaweed base, the lower body chased with a frog pond with fish, lilypads and bullrushes, and applied with shells and barnacles, the handle applied with a frog and lizard, the cup engraved with CC, marked under base, also marked 3850
    3¾ in. high; 12 oz.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PERSONAL COLLECTION OF AMERICAN AESTHETIC MOVEMENT SILVER


    The following Narragansett Pattern and Narragansett-style objects (lots 90-96) are examples of the naturalistic style adopted by American silver firms in the 1880s. The term Narragansett Pattern refers to flatware, but Gorham also applied this decorative vocabulary to holloware, such as cups, napkin rings and dishes. The pattern was introduced in 1884 and is marked by its extreme detail and the realism of the marine motifs such as shells, seaweed and even grains of sand. The pattern was costly to produce, and rare. For example, only one soup ladle of this pattern is known. It sold in these Rooms, 20-21 January 2005, lot 77. For a discussion of Narragansett Pattern and Narragansett-style objects, see William P. Hood, et al., "Masterpieces of Naturalism: Gorham's Narragansett Flatware," The Magazine Antiques, September 2002, pp. 92-101.