Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)
Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States
11 x 9.1 cm (4 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Patinated copper with applied silver decoration
Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)
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.
“Stone” incised, with profile of chasing hammer struck incuse across St, on bottom.
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.
Gift of Miss Alma Bent in memory of Annie E. Priest