Vase

1903
Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

11 x 9.1 cm (4 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1978.307

Medium or Technique

Patinated copper with applied silver decoration

On View

Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Metalwork

The raised and fluted copper vase has a deep red patina and five applied sprigs of mistletoe encircling its bulbous textured body, whose swirling surface is hammered. It has an applied silver band at the foot. The mouth rim has been scored with a line of slanted parallel marks directly below a wavy chased line.


This delicate copper vase represents the type of ware Arthur Stone made for his own pleasure. The deep red patina was created by immersing the vase in a chemical solution.1 Stone retailed works in mixed metals and retained pieces for his own use at home.

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” incised, with profile of chasing hammer struck incuse across St, on bottom.

Provenance

Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest (1872 – 1972); by descent to Alma Bent (about 1921 – 1992), Stone’s cousin, who donated it to the Museum.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Alma Bent in memory of Annie E. Priest