Alfredo Sciarrotta Sterling Silver Tobacco Leaf Dish
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Superb sterling silver leaf-form bowl by acclaimed silversmith Alfredo Sciarrotta. This pattern is sometimes called Tobacco Leaf. The designers work is instantly recognizable from the quality of workmanship, the heaviness of the material, and of course the naturalistic shapes accented with delicately curling edges. The dish is raised on three dome feet. The designer was smuggled out of Italy into the US during World War II to work on submarine technology. Afterwards he settled in Newport, Rhode Island and created a small line of hand-made sterling silver holloware. These were retailed in his own shop and eventually by a few of the select stores including Black, Starr & Gorham. This example has the hallmark used by Sciarrotta on his pieces for Black, Starr & Gorham. The pattern number is 11. Sciarottas designs are in several museum collections including the Smithsonian. Origin: America, ca. 1955. Condition: excellent, no dings or monograms. Size: 4 x 8-1/4 x 2 high. Weight: 153.5 grams.
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- Ca. 1955
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