This is a rare and stunning silver plated tray, atop brass, that features an embossed scene at its center, depicting a woman with a basket of fruit atop her head, amid lush tropical leaves and cactus. Very evocative of Diego Rivera motifs, International Silver issued this line of hollow ware in 1940 – it was designed by Carl Conrad Braun (1905 – 1998) and called Tropical. It was featured in the exhibit Modernism in American Silver, curated by the Dallas Museum of Art, and traveled to various museums such as the Renwick in Washington DC and the Wolfsonian in Miami in the mid-2000’s. It is a part of the Jewel Stern American Silver Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art. Large and important, this beauty measures 15 and three-quarter inches long and 12 ¼ inches wide; the center portion measures 9 ½ inches long and 6 inches wide and the silver plated border measures 3 ¼ inches on each side. It is signed on the reverse Tropical, in cursive, International Silver Co., 8166. There is a slight crimp on the rim of the tray at the upper left corner and the brass is showing through in three small areas of the tray, as pictured. There are no other dents and I would consider the condition to be very good. Very much an homage to the art of Diego Rivera, this tray celebrates the relationship of peasants and nature and showcases Mexico’s exuberant flora. A special and exceedingly rare piece. $495.00 NOW ON SALE! TERRIFIC BUY! $298!