International Decorative Art

Two Handle Centerpiece Bowl

Two Handle Centerpiece Bowl

Design Date 1900

Designer Katie J. Harris (designer at William Hutton c. 1899-1905, English)

Manufacturer William Hutton & Sons (1800-1930), Sheffield, England

Media sterling silver and glass

Dimensions 5 x 15 1/4 x 7 inches

Katie Harris trained as a sculptor. She was among the most important designers for William Hutton & Sons, an English metalwork firm that competed with London’s Liberty & Co. to offer the most progressive metalwork of the period. The forms of Harris’s designs for Hutton, like this bowl, were not as simplified as designs by Liberty and Archibald Knox. Harris’s designs relied more on surface decoration, often botanical in motif. The sides of this centerpiece have a pierced design of leaves and vines and the stem-like handles and legs and green glass insert heighten the botanical aesthetic of the bowl.

ON VIEW in Art Nouveau Gallery 4

Markings Impressed: "(shield shape) W / BS (large H) LD / &" and "(lion) (shield) (e)" in bottom

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2013.0650