Shreve & Co. ( American, 1852 )
- c. 1911
This cakeplate is a fine example of an arts and crafts style object whick looks handmade, although machines were used in its making. For example, the body of the plate was produced on a power-driven spinning lathe, not raised by hand. The hammer marks on the teapot were added later to give the vessel a handmade look. The handmade character of the cakeplate is enhanced through the use of engraving which looks like medieval ironwork complete with engraved "nails."
Charles L. Venable, Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York, New York; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 143.
Charles L. Venable, DMA label copy, 1993.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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