Wallace Art Nouveau "Irian" Sterling Silver Large Gravy Ladle
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Perhaps Wallace's most expressive entries in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau figural designs, "Irian" features the image of partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.
Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.
This example is a gravy ladle. This line was generously proportioned and that is the case with this. It measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a robust 2.9 T. oz. The oval bowl is 2 3/4" wide by 2 1/4" back to front, and 3/4" deep.
It is without a monogram or removal and in choice condition. The pattern details remain sharply defined and well-articulated. The bowl is without dents, nicks, or burrs. The overall finish is bright and smooth.
Marks are the "RW&S with deer head" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902."