Sale 21AM01 | Lot 144

Gorham Sterling Silver and Other Metals Cairo

Catalogue: American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts
Gorham Sterling Silver and Other Metals Cairo

Lot Details

Lot 144
Gorham Sterling Silver and Other Metals Cairo
Pattern Berry Spoon and Pie Knife
1880s
The bowl and blade engraved with Aesthetic flowers, birds and butterflies, one handle applied with a fern leaf, the other a bird and flowering prunis. Length of larger 9 inches, total approximately 6 ounces.

The pie knife is illustrated Silver Magazine, That Curious Cairo Pattern, September/October 2002.

Cairo pattern flatware appears to be an anomaly among Gorham's silver production. The late 19th century saw a huge wave of creativity crest on an American market hungry for anything new and different. The wealth of the country was actively competed for by the biggest silversmiths of the day, and this unusual speckled flatware certainly attracted their attention. Gorham was apparently the only American silversmith to successfully create flatware with this pattern of gold, copper, brass and bronze which is used to such visual effect on the handles of their flatware. The effect is very different from the Japanese technique mokume used by Gorham's rival Tiffany & Co. on their silver which gives a swirled look with the appearance of wood graining. But Cairo pattern flatware was difficult and expensive to make and would have been too daring for most hostesses to consider for their tables - facts that make pieces rare and sought after by dedicated collectors today.


Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Sold for $11,340 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Good condition overall; nice details and stain finish to each; the spoon handle reverse engraved "H"; the knife handle reverse engraved "AM"


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Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Sold for $11,340 (includes buyer's premium)

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