Pitcher

1907
Seth Ek (American, born in Finland, active 1906–1912), Handicraft Shop (active 1901–1940)


Object Place: Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

8.1 x 11.2 x 8 cm (3 3/16 x 4 7/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1987.72

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

This raised pitcher has a wide mouth, applied lip and foot, and cast handle. Hammer marks are evident.


The robust presence of this small pitcher suggests Seth Ek’s Scandinavian heritage. The year in which Ek executed this piece, he entered a three-piece tea service, along with two ladles and a syrup jug and tray, in the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, exhibition. Also included were two silver finger bowls designed by Mary Knight, which Ek executed, reaffirming the close association and cooperation among society members.

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

“STERLING,” “S. EK” within a conforming ellipse, and “1907” struck incuse on bottom.
Ada Mark * F4370

Provenance

Descended in the family of silversmith George C. Gebelein (1878 – 1945), who worked with Ek at Handicraft Shop. Purchased from the estate of J. Herbert Gebelein (1906 – 1986), George’s son, with funds provided by the donor.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Gertrude S. Atwood