Winning Bid: $24,000
(7 Pc) Gorham Martele Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Tea & Coffee Set:
(7 Pc) A Gorham Martele sterling silver Art Nouveau hand-hammered tea & coffee set, complete with original tray and tilting hot water kettle on stand with burner. Round form, with typical pronounced hand-hammered surface and Nouveau style flower decoration. Hallmarked on the underside as shown.
Martele silver items were made from the higher standard .9584 silver as opposed to the sterling standard being .925.
This complete set consists of:
(1 Pc) Tilting hot water kettle on stand with burner. H: 14 1/2″
(1 Pc) Coffee Pot. H: 9 1/2″
(1 Pc) Tea Pot. H: 7 1/2″
(1 Pc) Sugar Bowl and Cover. H: 7 1/4″
(1 Pc) Waste Bowl. H: 4″
(1 Pc) Creamer. H: 5 3/4″
(1 Pc) Large Two-Handled Tray. W: 31 1/2″ D: 21″
Set weighs a total of approx. 11,500 grams = 369. 40 troy oz = 405.25 regular ounces = 25 1/3 lbs.
Great quality, condition, style, maker & size.
This tea set was made as a special order for Volney & Mabel Williamson, 1910. Volney Williamson ( 1865 -1920) was one of Spokane’s early millionaires due to gold, silver, coal, and precious mineral mining interests across North America, Australia & Africa. While working the Santa Rosa mine, he discovered the first turquoise mine in Mexico. In 1905 he married Mabel C. Cotter of Denver Colorado.
According to Gorham’s Martele archives, the coffee pot took 86 hours for the skilled silversmiths to make and another 74 hours just to do the chasing. The tilting kettle on stand took 135 hours to create and 100 hours to do the chasing.
The net cost just to make all seven (7) pieces was $1918.00.
Martele was an exclusively handcrafted range, whose name derived from the French “martele” (to hammer) denoting the production technique used, ie hammered or handwrought. Martele was produced by Gorham from 1897 to 1930 under the guidance of William Codman. Codman being a fine English silversmith brought over in 1891 for this express purpose. According to Pristo author of Martele: Gorham’s Nouveau Art Silver, he states that the higher standard of silver was used to meet the French standard of .950.
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