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Maker: Gorham Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1831

Ladle, “Lotus” Pattern

ca. 1865

Parcel-gilt sterling silver

8 1/4 in. (20.955 cm)
Gift of Nancy Stiner
The Gorham Manufacturing Company was one of the leading producers of Egyptian Revival silver, a more exotic variant of the Classical Revival style that dominated American design in the 1850s and 1860s. This ladle from the mid-1860s is overtly Egyptian, with a handle that terminates in three lotus blossoms. Such motifs were included in Owen Jones’s 1856 book The Grammar of Ornament, an influential compendium of decorative designs. The penchant for Egyptian forms may also have derived from the digging of the Suez Canal, completed in 1870, and the popularity of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida, which premiered in 1871.
Made in Providence, Rhode Island
On view
19th century

Dr. Joseph Weiner [b. 1895] and Hannah Weiner [b. 1899], Conn.; by inheritance to their daughter, Nancy Stiner [b.1927], Conn.; gift 2007 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions, July 1, 2006–June 30, 2007,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 196.

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