Vase

1914
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Made by Herbert A. Taylor (active 1908–1937)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 19.7 x 11.3 cm (7 3/4 x 4 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1978.234

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The raised vase tapers gently outward and then quickly inward at the rim. An ornamental band of latticework is punctuated with floral cartouches alternating with single rose stems that extend above and below the band. A scalloped line creates the divisions for the flat fluting, which is terminated by two sets of scored lines above the splayed foot.


This vase demonstrates Stone’s consummate ability to combine elements associated with different historical periods, resulting in a beautifully unified modern expression. The overall design and delicacy of the piece recalls the Art Nouveau style, whereas the flat fluting was a common feature on Baroque art.

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

Marked on base/ under base molding/ to left of handle "Reynolds" in a heart above center point.

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