Massive International "Cleone" Sterling Serving Spoon
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The Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International silver was responsible for some of the most successful Art Nouveau patterns of the parent company. The best known was "Frontenac." Turn of the 20th century "Cleone" may be the most innovative and dramatic. Examples of it are rare.
It is representational, employing Art Nouveau floral elements and a single figure. The design elements are opulently portrayed, and tumble into the bowl. It features a bearded male image set amid an array of pond lilies and lily pads. Online references identify Cleone as the mythological daughter of a water god, so presumably the figure on this is that water god, i.e. Cleone's father.
The scale of this large berry, salad, or vegetable serving spoon is massive. It measures 9" long and weighs a remarkable 6.4 T. oz. This is heavier even than such other comparable designs as Durgin's "New Art" or Reed & Barton's "Love Disarmed," which stand forward for their weight, and of course commanding design.
This is without a monogram or removal and in very good condition. The pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. There are surface scratches consistent with age, and some light flecking in the bowl.
Marks are the Simpson, Hall, Miller helmet over shield, and the word "Sterling."