Object Place: Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, United States
8.1 x 11.2 x 8 cm (3 3/16 x 4 7/16 x 3 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
“STERLING,” “S. EK” within a conforming ellipse, and “1907” struck incuse on bottom.
Ada Mark * F4370
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.
Museum purchase with funds donated by Gertrude S. Atwood