Gorham 8" Round "Blackberry" Art Nouveau Sterling Dish
Imprinted on the underside with the model number 5818A, this piece is also marked with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, the word "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1906. It is identified in the 1906 Gorham catalog as a "bon bon dish" (see image 3). It measures 8" in diameter, stands 2" high, and weighs 6.4 T. oz. The date is consistent with its decidedly Art Nouveau style. It has four major, undulating lobes interspersed with four minor ones. The large lobes feature high relief, abundantly textured clusters of blackberries, leaves, and tendrils. The adjoining surfaces and sidewalls have sinuous surfaces that are complimentary to and enhancing of the overall style. This piece reflects the sensibilities of the best of Gorham Art Nouveau design which found its fullest expression in the Martele and Athenic lines, and which this mirrors in a production piece. It is in virtually original condition, without a monogram or removal, and has a brilliant, natural finish. It is unusual to find an item of this age without dings, dents, blemishes, or signs of wear.