Marie Zimmermann American Arts and Crafts Set of Five Copper Flower Bowls, circa 1915
Marie Zimmermann American Arts and Crafts Set of Five Copper Flower Bowls, circa 1915

American Arts & Crafts Copper Flower Bowl Set Marie Zimmermann

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An Arts & Crafts era set of fluted, flower-form shallow bowls / dishes by noted American metalsmith Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972). The substantial pieces come directly from Zimmermann's estate and date circa 1915, to the period she maintained her home and atelier at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York City. 

The blossom form designs in copper have eight flaring petals with pointed tips and visible hammer marks overall. Good condition with some darkened spots/areas of patina and shallow scratches in keeping with age and use, measuring 7.88 in. diameter. Fully marked underfoot: MARIE ZIMMERMANN MAKER around her MZ artist's cipher over form number 21. Several examples of Zimmermann's fluted floriform designs are illustrated on page 290 in The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann, 2011. 

Marie Zimmermann's creative and innovative designs for jewelry, funerary monuments, and ornamental accessories for home and garden were informed by her interests in the natural world and historical design. Period journalists referred to her as "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 studied at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students' League in New York before joining the National Arts Club. Her work was exhibited widely and today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York holds the largest collection of her work, acquiring their first example in 1922 at the peak of Zimmermann's career.

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