A 19th century American 'Martelé' silver three-piece coffee service together with a tray by Gorham Mfg Co, Rhode Island, with date letter marks for 1897/98, the tea service with pattern number '8580', the tray '8908'  (4)

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Lot 36Y Ф
A 19th century American 'Martelé' silver three-piece coffee service together with a tray
by Gorham Mfg Co, Rhode Island, with date letter marks for 1897/98, the tea service with pattern number '8580', the tray '8908' (4)

Sold for £ 5,625 (US$ 7,718) inc. premium
A 19th century American 'Martelé' silver three-piece coffee service together with a tray
by Gorham Mfg Co, Rhode Island, with date letter marks for 1897/98, the tea service with pattern number '8580', the tray '8908'
Comprising a coffee pot, cream jug, sugar bowl and tray, in the Art Nouveau style, the coffee pot of gourd form, with ivory insulators, the three pieces of the tea set decorated with lily pads, height of coffee pot 28.5cm, weight total 77oz. (4)

Footnotes

  • Following the Arts & Crafts movement in England, William Codman (Gorham's chief designer) introduced a new range of silverware. The pieces were to be in the Art Nouveau style and with a hammered finish: the French word martelé can be translated as 'hammered'.
    First shown at a New York exhibition in 1897 and internationally at the 1900 Paris Exposition, the pieces achieved great praise.

    A sketch for a coffee pot and including the pattern number 8580 features in one of William Codman's portfolios. It also bears later pattern numbers, suggesting that the basic shape was a popular one and used as the basis for further designs.

    Literature
    Charles Carpenter, 'Gorham Silver 1831-1981' (New York 1982).

    Gorham Manufacturing Company Records
    MS.74
    Brown University Library
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A 19th century American 'Martelé' silver three-piece coffee service together with a tray by Gorham Mfg Co, Rhode Island, with date letter marks for 1897/98, the tea service with pattern number '8580', the tray '8908'  (4)
A 19th century American 'Martelé' silver three-piece coffee service together with a tray by Gorham Mfg Co, Rhode Island, with date letter marks for 1897/98, the tea service with pattern number '8580', the tray '8908'  (4)
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