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    Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1876
    Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, 1220, 15 1/2 PINTS, I
    19 x 9 x 8-5/8 inches (48.3 x 22.9 x 21.9 cm)
    97.7 troy ounces

    The silver and silver gilt two handled covered hot water urn with spigot of classical form on removable raised base with classical frieze in low relief, chased repoussé design to front of flaming pot on stand and to reverse a robed female figure, cast handles from palmette mount, domed lid topped by finial of leaves and pineapple.

    The design of the urn is attributed to Thomas Pairpoint (American 1838-1902) who began working at Gorham in the 1870s. The date letter and design motifs relate the urn closely to the Furber Silver Service designed by Pairpoint for Colonel Henry Jewett Furber (1840-1916) of Chicago which was displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.

    Provenance: The Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust

    Condition Report*: Slight dent above raised arm of female figure. Scratching to either side of flaming urn about spiket.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2009
    19th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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