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Gorham "Mythologique" Old Sterling Silver Pea Serving Spoon

Gorham "Mythologique" Old Sterling Silver Pea Serving Spoon
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A storied pattern that features twenty-four different ancient classical subjects, "Mythologique" was one of numerous remarkable designs produced by the renowned Antoine Heller under the Gorham banner.

"Mythologique" has generated interest and commentary since its introduction in the late 19th century. Some of the most informative insight about the history of this pattern can be found in an essay written by Elizabeth Williams, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum. The full article is available on the school's website.

William's exposition includes a fascimile from the original Gorham narrative about the themes of this line, including the "Vulcan Presenting Thunderbolts to Jupiter," (see image 3) which is the motif that appears on this 8 3/4" long, heavy at 3.4 T. oz., wide bowl pea or vegetable spoon.

Williams notes this imagery "is found on the gravy ladle, large sugar sifter, cold meat fork, preserve spoon, table spoon, large cheese scoop, and the pea spoon."

An early example, marked with the company "lion, anchor, G" logo, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted 95" imprinted on the edge of the handle, it is the more elaborate of two versions available. This shows a head on the backside heel of the bowl, and a gadrooned border with a leaf script "M" monogram on the upturned handle reverse, both of which features are absent on the alternative interpretation.

It is in excellent condition. It shows only slight polishing wear on the high spots of the design, on balance retaining clear detail. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks, evidencing only light surface scratches. It has most of its original gold wash surface on the interior, less so on the reverse.

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