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Pair of Art Deco Silver-plated Copper Covered Compotes, Marie Zimmermann (American, 1879-1972), ca. 1920s

Pair of Art Deco Silver-plated Copper Covered Compotes, Marie Zimmermann (American, 1879-1972), ca. 1920s

Item Description:

A pair of covered compotes from the Art Deco period in silvered copper with knopped stems and contrasting amber-colored bakelite finials from noted American metalworker, jeweler and designer, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972). This Art Deco design dates to the 1920s while Zimmermann had a workshop and showroom at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York. Fully marked inside each lid with Zimmermann's cipher over M. ZIMMERMANN / MAKER, 5354 etched by hand beneath.


Overall fine condition with small imperfections including several small and shallow dings around the body and small losses to bakelite. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Height 8 in.
Diameter at widest 7 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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Pair of Art Deco Silver-plated Copper Covered Compotes, Marie Zimmermann (American, 1879-1972), ca. 1920s

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