6 Gorham "Paris" Sterling Silver Bouillon Spoons
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A pattern deeply rooted in the academic tradition, "Paris" incorporates an abundance of figural and representational beaux arts imagery. Made by Gorham just after the turn of the 20th century, the dominant elements are flanking cherubs supporting a torch. A cat sitting amid bowls and what appears to be a coffee pot sits mid handle. This assembly is repeated on the backside, minus the cat. The margins of the handle are festooned with floral and scroll elements, along with cornucopia.
This grouping is a matched set of six bouillon spoons. Each piece measures 5 3/8" long and has a round, 1 1/2" diameter bowl. They are relatively heavy, with the six weighing 6.1 T. oz. combined. All of them are monogrammed with the same stylized "VCD" monogram.
The condition is flawless. This pattern is particularly subject to polishing wear and there is no evidence of that on these. The detail remains crisp and well-defined. The bowls are free of dings, dents, or burrs. The finishes are superb.
Marks are lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1901," along with the name of the retailer, "W.W. Wattles & Sons" of Pittsburgh.