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    An Important Gorham Martelé Silver Footed Center Bowl, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1913
    Marks: Martelé, (lion-anchor-G under eagle), .9584, BWD, W.C. Codman 1913
    4-1/2 inches high x 13-1/4 inches diameter (11.4 x 33.7 cm)
    51.13 troy ounces

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE SOUTHERN COLLECTION

    This rare bowl bears an engraved facsimile signature of William Christmas Codman, chief designer for Gorham's Martelé line. The bowl was made by Henry H. Barker and chased by George W. Sauthof in September 1913. It has been conjectured that items bearing this inscription were either partially or wholly designed by Codman himself. Codman's signature appears in several iterations on a limited number of items produced in the 1897-1918 period, and this example is among a group of pieces bearing signatures that were produced in September of 1913. Larry Pristo's Martelé: Gorham's Art Nouveau Silver volume documents only 15 signed examples bearing a Codman signature.

    The hand hammered bowl with everted and undulating rim decorated with repoussé oak leave and trumpet flowers, fluted bowl raised on a shaped foot with conforming motif, monogrammed BBE to rim and dated 1889, January 3rd, 1914, W.C. Codman, 1913 to underside.

    According to the Gorham Archives, production of bowl BWD began on September 11th, 1913 and required 54 hours to produce by Henry H. Barker, plus an additional 80 hours of chasing by George W. Sauthof. The final price was $190.00.





    Condition Report*: Light scratches to the interior of the bowl, otherwise with surface scratches indicative of age, use and polishing.
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