Bowl

1918
Designed by George Christian Gebelein (American, born in Germany, 1878–1945), For Gebelein Silversmiths (1908 to about 1960)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 6.6 x 13.1 cm, 0.24 kg (2 5/8 x 5 3/16 in., 0.53 lb.)

Accession Number

RES.63.27

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The spun bowl flares out from the base to a scalloped edge. The foot is applied.


This simple, elegant bowl, engraved with a date of April 3, 1918, was a birthday gift to Helen Stevens Coolidge from her husband, John, who probably purchased it from the Gebelein Shop near their Boston residence. Gebelein inverted the Coolidge’s monogram from the customary colonial format, in which the surname initial appears above those of the husband and wife. The vessel’s scalloped edge further defines the updated approach to this traditional form, which would have been well suited to the couple’s Colonial Revival-style home in North Andover, Massachusetts.

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

“J * H / C / APRIL 3, 1918” in open roman letters engraved on side.

Markings

“GEBELEIN [in rectangle] / STERLING / Boston” struck incuse on bottom.

Ada Mark * F4767

Provenance

Purchased as a birthday gift for the donor, Helen S. Coolidge (1876 – 1962), by her husband, John Gardner Coolidge (1863 – 1936), m. 1909. Made a bequest to the Museum upon the death of Helen Coolidge.

Credit Line

Bequest of Helen S. Coolidge