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American Arts and Crafts Copper Vase, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. early 1920s

American Arts and Crafts Copper Vase, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. early 1920s

Item Description:

An Arts and Crafts copper vase by American metalworker, jeweler and designer, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972). The vessel comes directly from Zimmermann's estate, dating circa early-1920s while she maintained a workshop studio and showroom at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York City.

This restrained design with a flaring rim appears to be in fine, original condition. The exterior is decorated with a subtle hammered surface and a lovely old patina with oxidation spots. The interior patina has darkened more than the outer surfaces. Stamped MARIE ZIMMERMANN MAKER around her MZ artist's cipher underfoot, measuring 7.38 in. H x 8.38 in. W x 5 in. D.

This vase was illustrated with a terra cotta patina in Arts and Decoration magazine in January, 1922. "Industrial Art and the Craftsman: Who Are Our Designers?" by Matlack Price. The article featured five of Zimmermann's designs in sterling silver and art metal.

Provenance: The Estate of Marie Zimmermann.


Appears to be in fine, original condition. Please contact for specific condition questions.


The Estate of Marie Zimmermann


Height 7.38 in. x Width 8.38 in. x Depth 5 in.

About The Artist:

Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972) was an American metalsmith, jeweler, and designer working in New York City during the opening decades of the 20th century. She was by turns an outdoors-woman, world traveler, daughter, sister, and artist; period journalists called her "…master of a dozen crafts...perhaps the most versatile artist in this country" and "the last of the great metal craftsmen...the modern Benvenuto Cellini."

Zimmermann's creative and innovative designs for jewelry, funerary monuments, and ornamental accessories for home and garden were eclectic, often experimental, and informed by her life-long interests in the historical design and the natural world.

Zimmermann studied at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students' League in New York before taking a suite of rooms at the National Arts Club where she maintained a workshop studio and showroom. Her designs were exhibited widely throughout her career and today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City holds the largest collection of her objects, acquiring their first example in 1922. Examples of her creations in jewelry and metalwork are also in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, and the Columbus Museum of Art.

For additional information, see The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann, American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation and Yale University Press, 2011.


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