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American Arts and Crafts Vessel with Midnight Blue Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

American Arts and Crafts Vessel with Midnight Blue Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

Item Description:

An Arts and Crafts footed copper vessel with a flaring rim and a dark, dramatic midnight blue patina by Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972). The bowl dates circa 1915 while this noted American metalsmith, jeweler and designer maintained a workshop studio and showroom at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York.

Zimmermann is well known for the attention she lavished on the surfaces of her objects and this blue finish is one of her most unusual and rarely seen — another copper vessel with a dark blue patina is currently displayed in the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zimmermann experimented with combinations of heat, chemicals, enamels and a range of pigments, varnishes and wax to achieve a range of artistic finishes for her metalwork designs. Examples of Zimmermann's copper vessels decorated with patinations in unique shades of butterscotch, verdigris, red and blue are illustrated and discussed on pages 236-240 in The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann, 2011.


Overall fine condition without dings or dents but some wear to surface finish and several scratches at the bottom of the interior. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.


Height 4 in.
Diameter 6.5 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, employer, 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 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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American Arts and Crafts Vessel with Midnight Blue Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

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