Alfredo Sciarrotta Large Sterling Silver Leaf Bowl
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Superb sterling silver bowl in the form of a large leaf (perhaps a banana leaf) with a ropetwist stem by acclaimed modernist studio silversmith Alfredo Sciarrotta. We have handled a number of Sciarrotta pieces, but this is the first example of this particular form weve encountered. The designers work is instantly recognizable from the quality of workmanship, heaviness of the material, and of course the naturalistic shapes accented with delicately hand-curled edges. The bowl is raised on three dome feet. Sciarrotta was smuggled out of Italy into the US during World War II to work on submarine technology. Afterwards, he settled in Newport, RI and created a small line of hand-made sterling silver hollowware. He sold them from his own shop and eventually retailed them through exclusive stores including Shreve, Crump & Low; Gorham; Bailey, Banks & Biddle; and Cartier. This example bears the earlier and less common hallmark found only on the products sold from his own shop. The pattern number is 28. Sciarrottas silver is included in several major museum collections of decorative arts, including the Smithsonian. Origin: America, ca. 1950. Condition: excellent, no dings, no monograms. Size: 12 x 6-7/8 x 3-3/8.
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- Ca. 1950
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