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American Copper Quaich-Form Centerpiece Bowl with Verdigris Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. early 1920s

American Copper Quaich-Form Centerpiece Bowl with Verdigris Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. early 1920s

Item Description:

A large double-handled and footed centerpiece bowl in heavy copper with a sophisticated encrusted and abraded verdigris patina by Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972). The bowl comes directly from Zimmermann's estate, was published in her 2011 monograph, and dates to the early 1920s while this noted American metalsmith, designer and jeweler maintained a workshop studio and showroom at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York.

Although created during the Arts and Crafts period, Zimmermann referenced several stylistic influences in the creation of this sculptural object. The form is reminiscent of a large-scale Scottish "quaich" drinking bowl but the encrusted and abraded patina gives the appearance of an excavated artifact from an ancient civilization. It is illustrated on page 118, fig. 3.51 in The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann, 2011.

Zimmermann produced this same quaich bowl form in sterling silver and had one of two known silver versions professionally photographed by 1926. A sterling silver example of this form and the commissioned photograph appear respectively on pages 114, fig. 3.45 and page 188, fig. 3.52.


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions.


The Estate of Marie Zimmermann


Height 6.5 in.
Length at handles 16 in.
Width 11 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 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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American Copper Quaich-Form Centerpiece Bowl with Verdigris Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. early 1920s

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