Gorham Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Oval Bowl
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Made in 1896 according to the date stamp imprinted on its underside, this 11 1/4" long by 5 5/8" wide by 1 1/2" at the highest, 8.7 T. oz., open bowl is an early example of the Art Nouveau style.
Made by Gorham, it features both wild and cultivated rose blossoms interspersed with trailing scroll and leaf forms, with these latter elements reminiscent of the company's "Chantilly" pattern dating from the same period.
A size and proportion that suggests a bread bowl, this form in its time was generally identified as a celery dish.
It is in superb estate condition and without a monogram or removal. Free of dents, nicks, or bends, it has a brilliant, hand polished only, finish, showing only minimal scratching in the base. The pattern detail remains clear and well defined.
Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "4610." There is also an "EX" which may indicate this was a special order item, as Gorham used various letter combination codes to designate such pieces.