Wallace "Irian" Art Nouveau Large Sterling Gumbo Spoon
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Perhaps Wallace's most expressive entries in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of a 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 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., gumbo spoon. Most examples of this form are round, while this is ovoid.
It is without a monogram or removal and in very good condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, with all the fine elements of the figures, flowers, and background sharply defined. The bowl is without bends, dents, or burrs, but shows light scratching in the base and has three pinprick dimples.
Marks are the Wallace deer head emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902."