American Decorative Arts
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Manufacturer: Hayes and McFarland, American, 1913–after 1930
Retailer: Hodgson Kennard and Company, American, founded 1889 or 1896


retailed 1926–29

Sterling silver

6 7/8 x 10 1/16 in., 1643 g (17.46 x 25.56 cm)
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, B.A. 1959
The appropriation of classical shapes—the fluted column and stepped base of this imposing bowl by the Hayes and McFarland division of the Gorham Manufacturing Company, for instance—was popular in French silver shown at the 1925 Paris Exposition and in subsequent exhibitions in the United States. Silversmiths like Jean Puiforcat designed classicizing bowls with stepped bases and columnar shafts made of semiprecious stones. A pewter centerpiece with a shallow bowl on an overscaled fluted stand by Pierre du Mont was illustrated in the 1929 issue of the Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art. American manufacturers copied these forms: in addition to this example, R. Wallace and Sons produced a similar design, although with a lobed rim, incised lines on the bowl, and a fluted base made of Catalin. Hayes and McFarland also made a narrower version of this design. This example was retailed by Hodgson, Kennard and Company, which in 1927 opened a new headquarters in the Ritz Carlton Hotel, on the corner of Newbury and Arlington Streets in Boston.
20th century
Containers - Metals
Manufactured in Providence, Rhode Island
Retailed in Boston, Massachusetts
On view

John C. Waddell, New York, 2006–10; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 42, no. 21.

“Acquisitions,” (accessed March 1, 2012).

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