Durgin "Iris" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Gumbo Spoon
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In the lushly expressive manner of Durgin's "New Art," "Iris" differs from that design largely in the aspect that the one flower carries through the line, whereas "New Art" is multi-motif. It dates from the turn of the 20th century, at the height of the Art Nouveau.
This example is a 6 7/8" long gumbo spoon. This is the largest form of round bowl soup spoons, the bowl of which in this instance measures about 2" in diameter. Consistent with the pattern, this is a heavy item, weighing approximately 1.7 T. oz.
It is in superb condition. The high relief detail is free of polishing wear, remaining crisp and sharply defined. The bowl is perfectly shaped and free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The finish is lustrous. There is a finely engraved, script "JLT" monogram.
Marks are the Durgin emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co."