Gorham 1900 Sterling Silver Mug and Underplate in Art Nouveau Martele Style
Gorham sterling silver mug and underplate from 1900, in Art Nouveau style. The style, with exquisite, flowing floral motifs, and craftsmanship are reminiscent of the great Martele line. The mug measures 6 1/2'' from handle to handle by 2 1/4'' in height and the underplate measures 8'' in diameter by 5/8'' in height. Total weight is 17.7 troy ounces. Each piece bears hallmarks and a monogram as shown.
During the heyday of American silver manufacturing–approximately 1850 to 1940–Gorham was one of the most influential. The White House has used Gorham silver services during many administrations. Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an impressive tea and flatware service for use in the White House in 1859. Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant asked Gorham to commemorate the country's one-hundredth anniversary with a spectacular Century Vase that contained over 2,000 oz (57,000 g) of sterling silver, and in 1899, it produced a grand "loving cup" composed of 70,000 dimes was designed for Admiral George Dewey. Colonel Henry Jewett Furber placed the largest single commission Gorham ever received for what became known as the famous Furber service. The opulent 740-piece service represents Victorian era dining at its most elaborate. The monumental silver and parcel-gilt "Neptune" epergne made for Furber as part of this service was displayed at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. Gorham artisans also sculpted the famous monument of George Washington in the Capitol's Rotunda.
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