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Knife from Three-Piece Carving Set

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Made in the 1880s, these two carving sets allude to exotic cultures and historical periods that appealed to consumers of the time. The Gorham set shows Asian influence, while the Rogers Brothers set is influenced by the sixteenth-century European Renaissance. They were made, however, for different consumers, as reflected in the materials, the amount of handwork, and the cost.

Gorham Manufacturing created its set in a limited edition intended for the elite, using costly silver and decorating the handles with enamel inlay, a time-consuming process involving great skill. The Rogers Brothers set was manufactured in larger numbers for the middle class. It is made of less expensive silver plate (a base metal electroplated with a thin layer of silver) and molded and finished entirely by machine.
MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES ca. 1886
DIMENSIONS 13 7/8 x 1 1/2 x 7/8 in. (35.2 x 3.8 x 2.3 cm)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 88.159.1
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Knife. A silver-plate carving knife with an asymmetrical gently-curved and pointed plain blade (part of carving set: 88.159.1-.3). The hollow handle is decorated in high molded relief that is the same front and back. There is a central panel of scrolling leaves and flowers topped by a full-face grotesque mask with shoulder-length curling hair and a feathered headdress, all against continuous molded spiral decoration. At the end of the handle is a continuous horizontal band of flowers and scrolls capped by a flower with a projecting hemispherical center at the end of the handle. Norman Pattern. Condition: Very good. The plate is quite bright. Normal wear; slight overall scratching
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