Choice Wallace "Eton" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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Iris was a popular subject in Art Nouveau design around the turn of the 20th century, with numerous silver manufacturers producing interpretations of this theme. Wallace's iris offering is named "Eton" and it stands tall within the cohort of such patterns.
This example is a 7" long, exceptionally heavy at 3.0 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle front features an opulent array of high relief iris blossoms that appear to be in motion. The backside of the handle is much less detailed and actually features a violet blossom and buds.
The design carries into the generously proportioned bowl which has a satin matte finish and retains elements of an original bronze colored gold wash.
It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. There is no polishing whatsoever, and the finish has a bright patina. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs.
Marks are the Wallace "RW&S with deerhead," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902."