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Reed & Barton "La Parisienne" Sterling Silver Large Serving Spoon

Reed & Barton "La Parisienne" Sterling Silver Large Serving Spoon
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"La Parisienne" was one of several highly expressive Art Nouveau patterns, among them "Love Disarmed," "Les Six Fleurs," and "Francis I," that Reed & Barton issued in the early 20th century that represented some of the best of American Art Nouveau flatware design.

Multi-motif, it incorporates various flowers, each relative to the piece.

This example, an original issue salad serving spoon (also suitable as a casserole, vegetable, or rice piece) features a central iris blossom set in high relief, along with buds and leaves arrayed along the handle front and back sides.

One of the largest pieces in the line, this is an oversized version and measures 10 1/8" long and weighs a massive 5.65 T. oz.

The plum-shaped bowl is very large at 4" by 3" and shows very faint traces of a now rubbed away, original gold wash in the crevices of the pattern that carries onto the shoulders.

Without a monogram, it remains in mint estate condition. Absent the slightest evidence of polishing wear, every detail of the design, including the fine lines on the blossom petals and leaves, and the texturing of other surfaces, is clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs, and the overall finish is bright and free of scratches.

Marks are Reed & Barton's "eagle, R in a shield, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Apr. 15 1902," all in fine, precise lettering as would be expected of an old piece. The backside heel of the bowl is also stamped with a small "S."

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