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Loving Cup

A work made of silver.

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

1912/17

Artist:

Lebolt & Co.
American, founded 1899
Chicago

About this artwork

Produced by the Chicago silver firm Lebolt & Co., this loving cup is an example of machine-age practices introduced at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. Unlike the hand-hammered Chicago metalwork of this period, the vessel has a smooth finish. Its bowl was formed from a sheet of machine-rolled metal rather than worked by hand from a silver bar or ingot. Lebolt’s interest in mechanical methods reflects the philosophy of Chicago architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who wrote in 1901,“in the Machine lies the only future of art and craft.”

Status

On View, Gallery 179

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Lebolt and Company

Title

Loving Cup

Place

Chicago (Artist's nationality)

Date

c. 1912–1917

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Marked on bottom: left-facing rampant lion beside a script "L" in lozenge on a twisted rope over "HANDMADE" in capitals; "STERLING/818" on opposite side of base

Dimensions

22.9 × 20.3 × 15.2 cm (9 3/4 × 8 1/4 × 6 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Martha and William Steen and the Dr. Julian Archie Fund

Reference Number

1987.123

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