Rare W.C. Codman Sterling Silver Gorham Compotes Just Acquired by Nelson & Nelson Antiques

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Rare W.C. Codman sterling silver Gorham compotes just acquired by Nelson & Nelson Antiques. Codman was the most important Gorham designer of the famous "Martele" line. This is a one of a kind signed piece dating from 1909.

Rare W.C. Codman sterling silver Gorham compotes just acquired by Nelson & Nelson Antiques. Codman was the most important Gorham designer of the famous "Martele" line. This is a one of a kind signed piece dating from 1909.

This is a lovely pair of American sterling silver compotes, elegantly designed in the Art Nouveau style. The compotes are museum quality pieces, displaying subtle elements invoked with restraint and refinement in the form of gently undulating borders prettily enhanced by gracefully swirling vines, leaves and flowers. Each of the circular pedestal bases has been indented around the bottom for additional visual interest and each of these four indentations has been topped by a meticulously-detailed organic leaf form. The floral decoration on both the base and the upper border of each compote has been exquisitely crafted to exceptionally high standards and stands out in a striking and aesthetically pleasing contrast against the softly shimmering effect of the beautifully hand-hammered backgrounds. The central field has been discreetly finished with a light gold wash. The base of each piece has been clearly stamped with the word Martele, the symbols of the Gorham Corp. and the number 9584 which identifies the high silver content of these items (normal sterling silver content is 925). The signature of W.C. Codman and the date 1909 are also clearly visible. A code, RYP, is also visible beneath the Gorham marks, and this appears in the Gorham records and confirms that the compotes were made in July 1909. They were designed by William Codman, made by K. Danielson and decorated by Karl Wendt, all highly skilled and talented craftsmen. Codman's signature is not known to have appeared on a large number of items so its appearance here adds even more interest to these already very special pieces. An elaborate 3-letter monogram has been added to the base together with the date December 25th 1913, showing that these were given as a Christmas present to some very lucky person almost 100 years ago.

At Nelson & Nelson Antiques you will find a wonderful selection of silver overlay objects that are exceptionally beautiful and collectible. Silver overlay, a technique of depositing a layer of sterling silver over a glass or ceramic body, was mastered by American silversmiths in the late nineteenth century and demonstrates exceptional quality and craftsmanship. The silver overlay technique was prized for its ability to capture delicate and naturalistic floral designs that express the characteristics of the popular Art Nouveau style. Available in a variety of forms including vases, pitchers, decanters, and large and small perfume bottles, antique silver overlay makes a distinctive gift. Paired with clear, green or red glass, silver overlay decoration provides stunning contrast and a highly sophisticated look for your decorating needs. Beautiful examples of sterling silver overlay are one-of-a-kind objects to be treasured.

Nelson & Nelson Antiques Inc. is a family-owned business run by the husband and wife team of Steve and Marge Nelson since 1975. Their glittering store, located on Park Avenue in the heart of New York City, always showcases a treasure-trove of late 19th Century and early 20th Century antique silver, sterling silver: candle sticks, picture frames, trays, tea sets, hollowware, flatware, vanity items, French antiques and the most comprehensive selection of silver overlay within New York and its surrounding area. There is also a large variety of bronze d'ore picture frames, cut crystal, unique objects of art, beautiful enamels and distinctive Victorian, Edwardian, and Retro jewelry.

In their over 30 years of business the Nelsons, together with their friendly and knowledgeable staff, have served thousands of satisfied customers and take pride in ensuring that every visit, either to their store or to their web site, will always be a sterling experience.

NelsonandNelsonAntiques.com is a family business owned and operated for over 30 years. Check them whether if you look for a small gift item or a museum-quality purchase of a lifetime.

http://www.NelsonandNelsonAntiques.com is always filled with antique sterling silver items. Also they have a large selection of bronze doré picture frames, cut crystal, beautiful enamels and Victorian and Edwardian jewelry.

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