Bowl

about 1926
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Made by Herman W. Glendenning (American, active 1920–1936)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 8.3 x 14.3 cm (3 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1978.249

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

This raised bowl has a scalloped and stepped rim with chased shell ornament atop the deeply chased lines that divide the bowl into eight panels. The splayed molded foot is soldered.


Herman Glendenning raised this bowl especially for the Stones’ home about 1926. Arthur Stone was responsible for the chased elements. Glendenning worked with Stone from about the age of eight, gradually becoming an apprentice.1 He learned to craft flatware but excelled at hollowware, becoming a master craftsman of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston. He worked in the workshop until Stone’s death, upon which Glendenning established a hollowware department in the workshop of George C. Erickson, another former Stone employee who had specialized in flatware. In 1971 he retired to his own studio, where he continued to work under the name “Glendenning Sterling Handwrought.” He taught classes in silversmithing and jewelrymaking as well.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

None.

Markings

“Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer stamped across St] / STERLING / G” struck on bottom, near edge.

Provenance

Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Alma Bent, Stone’s cousin, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund