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Pitcher

Maker: Gorham Manufacturing Company (active Providence, Rhode Island, 1831-present)

Date: 1898
Medium: Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 3/4 x 7in. (24.8 x 17.8cm)
Signed: Splayed eagle over hallmarks of Lion/ Anchor/ G. "950-1000 FINE" "1431" enclosed in oval/ "5-1/2 pint" "+" and date hallmark for 1898. Monogram: "MWM"
Credit Line: Gift of John Devereux Kernan
Object number: 85.86
Label Text
While the Gorham Company did not officially launch the Martelé line until the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it began experimenting with the forms and motifs as early as 1897. The date mark on this pitcher indicates that it was made in 1898. Another mark, a small "+", reveals that it was included in Gorham's display in Paris.

The pitcher is decorated using a technique known as chasing. The design is drawn in lamp blacking on paper and then transferred to the silver; the object is heated so that the transferred image will not smear. Chasing tools are used to push the design into the silver. The final step is to polish the piece, leaving some of the lamp black intact so as to emphasize the design-light polished silver highlighted by black lines.

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