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About the object

Art Deco twin handled silver pedestal bowl. Very fine hand finished entrelac decoration and 2 swing handles. Hallmarked Birmingham 1931 makers mark S&S ltd. (S Blankensee and Sons ltd ) and Dublin import marks.

A beautiful example of art deco style and workmanship and a very stylish piece.

History

Art Deco, often referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewellery, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners.

It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925. It combined modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials.

During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.

Art Deco was a pastiche of many different styles, sometimes contradictory, united by a desire to be modern.

From its outset, Art Deco was influenced by the bold geometric forms of Cubism; the bright colours of Fauvism and of the Ballets Russes; the updated craftsmanship of the furniture of the eras of Louis Philippe and Louis XVI; and the exotic styles of China and Japan, India, Persia, Ancient Egypt and Maya art.

It featured rare and expensive materials, such as ebony and ivory, and exquisite craftsmanship. The Chrysler Building and other skyscrapers of New York built during the 1920s and 1930s are monuments of the Art Deco style.

Founded by an Act of Parliament in 1773, Birmingham is one of the busiest Assay Offices in the world.  In its busiest years between 2002 and 2004 twelve million hallmarks a year were struck on articles of gold, silver or platinum

Date 1931

Dimensions

Approx height 10 cm and width 10.2 cm

Condition report

Excellent original condition

Stock number

1971