"Georgian" teaspoon (for Gustav Stickley's restaurant, Craftsman Building, New York City)
Oneida Ltd. Silversmiths ( American, 1872 )
- c. 1913 (form patented 1912)
Bearing an oval disk motif in bas-relief, also known as patera, on the tip of its handle, this classically inspired teaspoon is from the flatware service used in Gustav Stickley’s restaurant. In late 1913, Stickley opened the Craftsman Building in New York as the new headquarters of his architecture and interior design enterprise. The 12th floor offered a restaurant, which served a host of local produce and milk from the Craftsman Dairy, as a convenience for customers. Replete with Stickley-made Arts and Crafts furniture, the dining room also featured Oneida Ltd. Silversmiths' Georgian flatware and simple, white Buffalo Pottery china, all emblazoned with Stickley’s mark—a joiner’s compass with the Flemish motto “ALS IK KAN” inscribed within the middle of the compass.
Kevin Tucker, DMA unpublished material, 2008.
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A patera is a round decorative motif based on the shallow libation vessels known as phialae in ancient Greece and paterae in ancient Rome. View an example in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.