Marie Zimmermann Arts & Crafts Copper Lotus Dish or Vide Poche, circa 1920
Marie Zimmermann Arts & Crafts Copper Lotus Dish or Vide Poche, circa 1920

American Arts & Crafts Copper Lotus Dish or Vide Poche by Marie Zimmermann

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An Arts & Crafts fluted and flaring floriform vide poche dish handcrafted by American silversmith and metalworker, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), dating circa 1920. The design is a simple and abstracted lotus blossom composed of eight flaring and gently curving petals with pointed tips. The vide poche, French for empty pockets, retains its original patina in a dark bronze color with visible hammered finishing marks. Very good original condition with expected scuffs on base. Fully marked underfoot: M. Zimmermann / Maker over her MZ artist's cipher; measuring 7.88 in. diameter. 

The design reflects Zimmermann's ability to interpret historical design sources for her clients — this pointed-petal form relates directly to Chinese designs produced during the T'ang Dynasty (618-906 CE). Two similar examples of Zimmermann's fluted floriform designs for a dish and bowl are illustrated on page 290 in The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann, 2012.

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