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    AN AMERICAN SILVER AND IVORY CENTERPIECE AND MATCHING CANDLESTICKS: THE CROWN OF LOVE
    Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1928-1930
    Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, ESU, IIL, (Indian profile with spear), GROGAN COMPANY, PITTSBURGH
    13-1/2 x 17-7/8 x 13-3/4 inches (34.3 x 45.4 x 34.9 cm) centerpiece
    307.3 ounces (gross)

    The custom designed and made centerpiece of circular form, the triangular cast and chased handles with floral decoration and pendant loops with cast holly and berry motif, the top of the handles inset with ivory, the centerpiece raised on cushion form stem of ivory within silver caging with stylized leaf and berry decoration, on spreading conforming foot with inset ivory plaques, one side of the bowl with repoussé Viking ship on waves, the other with interlaced monogram and inscription WAMAB, 1903, April 17, 1928, the top with hand cut graduated square and arched piercing mounted in the center with a cast figural group of a draped kneeling male figure and standing female figure kissing, on ivory mound. The matching candlesticks with flaring shafts, the pan with similar handles and pendant loops and inset ivory, raised on egg shaped ivory stem with similar silver caging, on spreading conforming foot with inset ivory plaques.

    According to the Gorham Archives, the centerpiece was commissioned by the Grogan Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is entitled The Crown of Love. The drawing for the commission was approved on December 8, 1927 and the estimate was prepared on December 17, 1927. The preparatory work, including modeling of the handle, was done by Gorham's staff modeler and designer Axel Staf, who was born and trained in Sweden before joining Gorham in 1899.

    The cast figural mounting was designed by Edwin Everett Codman, son of Gorham's head of design William Christmas Codman. Delivery of the finished centerpiece was made in July 1928, with a factory price of $1,500. The matching candlesticks were ordered a year and a half later, being completed on December 16, 1930, with a factory price of $960.


    Condition Report*: in overall excellent condition, with minor denting to the shafts of the candlesticks and crazing to the ivory.
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    November, 2008
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
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