Covered Compote

A work made of silver and ivory.

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  • A work made of silver and ivory.

Date:

1926

Artist:

Designed by Erik Magnussen
American, born Denmark, 1884–1961
Gorham Manufacturing Company
American, founded 1831, part of Lenox since 2005
Providence, Rhode Island

About this artwork

Danish-born Erik Magnussen’s early pieces for Gorham reflect the stylized vegetal and foliate motifs popularized in the United States by his countryman Georg Jensen. Nonetheless, Magnussen realized that “America demands something plainer, something vitally characteristic.” As a result, by 1926 his designs stressed simplicity, function, and opulent materials. A writer for Good Furniture Magazine acknowledged this trend: “He has developed an American style—a style that is plain, dignified, pure of line, and yet with an indefinable touch of the new, modern feeling.”

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American Art

Artist

Erik Magnussen

Title

Covered Compote

Origin

Providence

Date

1926

Medium

Silver and ivory

Inscriptions

Marked on base: "GORHAM [picture of lion] [picture of anchor] ["G" in calligraphy] STERLING Y F S [picture of sailboat]

Dimensions

30.5 × 17.8 cm (12 3/8 × 7 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1984.1172a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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