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American Fluted Floriform Copper Vase with Butterscotch Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

American Fluted Floriform Copper Vase with Butterscotch Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

Item Description:

A fluted floriform American Arts and Crafts era copper vase on a small pedestal foot with a flaring rim and original butterscotch patina by Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972). The vessel comes directly from the artist's estate and dates circa 1915 while Zimmermann maintained a workshop studio and showroom at the National Arts Club in New York.

Zimmermann used combinations of heat, chemicals, pigments, varnishes and wax to achieve a range of unique surface finishes for her objects; this vessel is no exception. The subtle patina enhances the restrained, vertical design influenced by lobed forms produced during the Chinese T'ang Dynasty (618-906 CE).

Examples of Zimmermann's fluted copper vessels patinated in shades of butterscotch, verdigris, blue and red are illustrated on pages 236-240 in The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann, 2011.


Appears to be in fine, original condition. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.


The Estate of Marie Zimmermann


Height 6.88 in.
Width at rim 6.25 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 Fluted Floriform Copper Vase with Butterscotch Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

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