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Durgin "New Art" (Narcissus) Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle

Durgin "New Art" (Narcissus) Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 5 7/8" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is narcissus, with blossoms and leaves that lay upon and fold over one another, rising from 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 leaves cascading onto one another. This example has a bright gold wash front and fack sides.

There is an "EVT" flowing script monogram on the front, and the date "1903" inscribed on the backside of the handle.

In choice estate condition, the pattern details remains well defined and free of polishing wear. The bowl is without dents, bends, burrs, or nick, and the gold is intact. The overall finish is warm and even.

Marks are the Durgin "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "B.K.&Co." for the Boston retailer Bigelow, Kennard & Co., imprinted on the heel of the bowl.

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