Durgin "New Art" (Lily) Large Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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Arguably the floral line by which all other Art Nouveau flower designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, freedom of expression, and sense of abundance that characterizes this style mode that was popular from the late 19th to the early 20th century.
The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.
Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold over and upon one another, rising from of the surface of the silver as if sculpted out of the material.
The bowl is its own statement, with a dense array of flanking blossoms and buds cascading onto one another.
The handle front has a script "M" monogram in the reserve area, while the backside is imprinted "Sterling" and with the Durgin "D" emblem.
A fully original item, this is in outstanding estate condition. Polishing wear is nil, with all the fine detailing of the design remaining clear and sharply defined. The bowl shows only light surface scratches consistent with normal use, and is otherwise free of dents, burrs, or bends. The finish is bright.