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

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

Item Description:

A fluted floriform copper vase on a small pedestal foot with a flaring rim and bold red over black patina by noted American metalsmith Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972). The vase 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. Stamped MARIE ZIMMERMANN MAKER around her MZ cipher over 75 (form number) underfoot, measuring 6.5 in. H x 6.5 in. W (at rim).

The vase shows Zimmermann at her most creative, interpreting historical design sources for a modern audience. She created the vase during the Arts and Crafts period, referencing lobed vessel forms from the Chinese T'ang Dynasty. She finished the vase with dramatic and painterly patination, layering red over black with trailing brush strokes, anticipating Art Deco interiors and invoking historical lacquer work in the same object. Zimmermann paid a great deal of attention to the surfaces of her designs, using combinations of heat, chemicals and a range of pigments, varnishes and wax to achieve a range of distinctive finishes. Examples of Zimmermann's fluted copper vessels patinated in unique shades of butterscotch, verdigris, blue and red are illustrated on pages 236-240 in The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann, 2011.


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The Estate of Marie Zimmermann


Height 6.5 in.
Width at rim 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 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 Fluted Floriform Copper Vase with Red Patina, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

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