Tureen

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

1883

Artist:

Gorham Manufacturing Company
American, founded 1831
Providence, Rhode Island

About this artwork

This exuberant tureen exemplifies the highly imaginative and technically advanced hollowware that made Gorham one of the leading silver manufacturers in the 19th century. In 1869 the firm was the first major American silver company to introduce Japanese-inspired designs into their product line, ahead of competitors like Tiffany and Company. This vessel features aquatic motifs, likely drawn from Japanese prints: giant carp and a turtle, articulated in deep relief, thrash in violent waters, while the undulating body of the tureen itself suggests the movement of the sea.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

Gorham Manufacturing Company

Title

Tureen

Origin

Providence

Date

1883

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Engraved on rim: "Ida Macdonald October 24th 1883"/marked on base: "290"

Dimensions

23.5 × 21.6 × 26.7 cm (9 1/4 × 8 1/2 × 10 1/2 in.); 1524 g

Credit Line

Mary Swissler Oldberg Fund

Reference Number

2016.48

Extended information about this artwork

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