Splendid Martelé Pitcher Made by Gorham in 1906
)Height: 10 inches
Silver content: 9584/1000
Weight: 36.5 troy ounces
The Martelé pitcher was made in 1906 as a special order for the Chicago‘s grand department store Spaldings. Both the form and decoration are strong examples of art nouveau design. The body is decorated with serpentine water lily stems capped by buds against a background of water lily leaves, with a water lily bloom under the spout. The background is finely planished.
The work record is on page 367 of Martelé 950/1000 fine Gorham’s Art Nouveau Silver by L J Presto, Phd shows that Gorham’s craftsmen spent 112 hours making this pitcher, 52 hours of silver smithing, and 60 hours of chasing by master chaser David Wilmont.
A smaller but virtually identical Martelé pitcher in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery and can be viewed on the gallery’s web site. It is also illustrated on page 84 of Silver In American Life