Gorham Art Nouveau Figural Sterling Silver Child's Mug
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This mug made by Gorham about 1900 combines two style features.
First, it falls within the Art Nouveau style popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the stem and leaf elements that are applied to the body. Second, it also incorporates four applied children's figures that are very much in the manner of Kate Greenaway whose work harkens to the Arts and Crafts Movement. These figures include two boys and two girls, all wearing simple country clothing and bonnets.
The item measures 3" high, has a top diameter of 2 5/8", a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the end of the handle, and a 2 3/16" wide underside. It weighs 4.2 T. oz. There is a script "DMC" monogram on the sidewall.
It is in excellent condition, showing minimal signs of wear and having a fine finish. There are no dents, splits, or repairs.Marks are Gorham's lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the model number "A2678."