Book - Martele: Gorham's Nouveau Art Silver
"A Curator's Dream"
Ulysses Dietz, Curator, Decorative Arts, Newark Museum
"... A Remarkable Accomplishment"
Patricia E. Kane, Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery
Martele ... "information has been rather hard to come by for many dealers and the collecting public at large. I think Larry Pristo’s new book will change all that.
Will Chandler, Silver Magazine
... "The most complete possible treatment of the Gorham Company's line of handmade silver ..."
Alfred Mayor, The Magazine Antiques
..."Your book is very well worn - a truly indespensible referrence volume."
Elizabeth A. Williams, Ph.D., Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Rhode Island School of Design Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New Orleans Museum of Art
The Newark Museum
Philadelphia Museum Of Art
Royal Ontario Museum
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
Zilvermuseum Sterckshof Provincie Antwerpen
Now Available in a limited edition.
Nouveau Art Silver
L. J. Pristo, Ph.D.
The book is the most comprehensive accounting of Gorham's Martele silver that has been written. The final text has 495 pages, 298 of which contain specific production information on around 4,800 items of Martele, accounting for approximatey 8,200 individual pieces. The Martele production information lists known information regarding the specific code, completion date, weight, maker, chaser, possible exhibitions, and factory net price. There are also 6 color and 550 black and white pictures related to various aspects of Martele, with over 800 different pieces of Martele silver shown in the images. Topics covered within the book include history, making, numbers of specific items produced, and a wealth of additional information never before published. A chapter on the general dating of Gorham Samples and Special Order silver work from 1895-96 to around 1940 is also included. The tables will be especially useful for the silver dealer and collector because of the application to any Gorham Sample or Special Order silver items, not just Martele. Chapters and Sections include information regarding:
THE MARTELE NAME
THE INTRODUCTION, FIRST, AND LAST PIECES
DESIGN, MAKING, AND CHASING
PROMOTION AND SALES
EXHIBITIONS AND EXPOSITIONS
TYPES OF MARTELE ITEMS PRODUCED
TOTALS OF MARTELE ITEMS PRODUCED
MARKS ON MARTELE SILVER AND GOLD
DATING GORHAM SAMPLES AND SPECIALS
SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL ITEM PRODUCTION RECORDS
The book has been purchased by a number of museums, many of the major auction houses (including Sotheby's and Christie's), numerous fine arts appraisers, and is the "bible" for the Martele collector and researcher.
Price: $164.95 per copy plus $20.00 shipping and handling through United Parcel Service, $7.00 media mail or $18.00 medium flat rate mail through the United States Postal Service. Sales tax ($10.94) applied to Arizona Residents.
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A review of the book from the September / October 2001 edition of Silver Magazine is available by clicking on the following link - Silver Magazine Review
A review is also available in the March 2002 edition of The Magazine Antiques. Click on the following link to read the text - Magazine Antiques Review
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