This rare Art Nouveau trumpet style sterling silver vase was created by Marcus & Company and would be considered to be the perfect match to a vase that was previously put up on my site. Fine pieces of sterling by master silversmith Herman Marcus are extremely rare in today’s marketplace and presents with great design and quality. This piece is no exception with gorgeous etching and repousse found on the top, down the center and around the base.
With the wonderfully decorative top edge to the fluted sides you will understand why when coming to the US from Germany he worked for Tiffany & Co., as the workmanship of this piece is quite exceptional.
Both vases are marked identically the same. On the bottom of this vase are the full and complete markings for this company. Starting with ‘Marcus & Company’ imprinted on the bottom. Along with the company stamp found directly across from this marking is the logo for this company. To one adjacent quadrant it reads ‘3719/57’ and to the other side is ‘Sterling 6 IN’. Just above this there is a number and letter hand incised marking.
This vase stands 6 inches in height, with a base measuring 2 3/8 inches in diameter and an opening of just over 2 inches. Total weight of this vase is 103.07 grams or 3.64 ounces. I have given this vase a cleaning and light polishing to bring out the wonderful details on this superb vessel. Though both vases are identical the first one that I’ve previously listed weighs 102.22 grams (sold) which is a testament to their handmade nature.
Condition is extremely nice with very little surface issues on close inspection. This one that I’m featuring today does possess a very minor crease or ripple to the sterling found where the base meets the vase. This does not impact the structure of this piece and it stands perfectly erect and straight, and have chosen to reduce the price accordingly.
History: Marcus & Co. located in New York, New York. Date of operation circa 1880’s - 1920’s. Herman Marcus departed Germany for New York circa 1850’s. Before opening his own enterprise previously worked for Tiffany & Company and Ball, Black and Company. He partnered with Theodore B. Starr and in 1884 his son William Marcus. In 1892 created Marcus & Company. Well known for High quality Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts gold and sterling jewelry, sterling items and hollowware.
Rare Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Hand Etched Floral Vase Marcus and Company