Yale Bowl Maker: John Marshall (American, born 1936)


American Decorative Arts

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Commissioned by the Yale University Art Gallery to celebrate Yale's tercentennial, this bowl combines John Marshall's penchant for large and exuberant forms with two additional signatures of his work, acrylic and mokume-gane. The opaque and luminous surface of the colorless acrylic slab is a foil to the reflective quality of the metal. In the traditional Japanese metalworking technique of mokume-gane, layers of different metals are laminated and forged to create a wood-grain effect, seen here on the conical pedestals.


Sterling silver, mokume gane (.925 silver and copper), and acrylic, repouseed and chased


26 1/8 × 28 1/2 × 15 3/8 in. (66.358 × 72.39 × 39.053 cm)

Credit Line

Purchased with gifts from Lisa Koenigsberg, M.A. 1981, M.Phil. 1984, Ph.D.1987, and David Becker, B.A. 1979, and Archer Huntington, B.A. 1897, in memory of his mother Arabella D. Huntington, by exchange; and with the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund

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21st century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



In recent years, Marshall has continued working from a backlog of commissions from functional objects to sculptures. Friends Executive Committee Member Lisa Koenigsberg was instrumental in persuading Marshall to undertake a commission for the Art Gallery after they became acquainted when he participated in a symposium on silversmithing that she organized for NYU in March 2000.
  • American Art: Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2023), 274–75, no. 136, ill
  • Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 112, 370, pl. 100
  • "Acquisitions 2003," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004), 132–33, ill
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Object/Work type

bowls (vessels)


"JCM [within the "C"]" on underside of soldered rim to bowl; "STERLING" on underside of each component.

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