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iconnumber posted 01-22-2002 09:41 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I recently purchased a hammered bowl at auction that is stamped Marie Zimmerman Maker. It is not marked sterling, but appears to be.

I would like more information about it.

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iconnumber posted 01-23-2002 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Marie Zimmerman
1878-1972)
New York
A patinated metal worker. Working in iron, copper, bronze, silver and gold.
She studied in Chicago at the Art Students League (1903).
In 1924 she was awarded The Art Institute of Chicago "Logan" prize for her silver and metalwork.

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iconnumber posted 01-23-2002 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You lucky dog! I would love to have a piece by Ms. Zimmerman. She was a true genius, one of the great metalworkers of the 20th century. She experimented heavily with different artificial patinas, and worked with copper, bronze, silver, gold, and other metals. Your piece may be silver, or it may be another metal with a silver overlay. Regardless, the material is of little importance. The fact that Marie Zimmerman made it is what matters.

I will try to post some additional information shortly.

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iconnumber posted 02-07-2002 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, here is some more info.

Ms. Zimmerman was born in 1878, and began exhibiting her work in 1915 in New York City. By the early 20's, she had been profiled in many important arts publications, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art had purchased one of her pieces for its collection. She remained active until the late 1930's, when she ceased metalworking altogether and took up dairy farming in New Jersey, where she lived until her death in 1972.

Ms. Zimmerman was endlessly experimental, always trying new chemical treatments of metals to create different effects. I would not advise cleaning a piece of Zimmeramn metalwork, because the patina may be fragile, and what looks like dirt or corrosion may be intentional. It would be worth it to get the opinion of a metal conservator before doing anything to it.

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iconnumber posted 02-11-2002 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent has hit the nail on the mark! The intrinsic value of the metal in a piece like Ms. Zimmerman's is not what is important. The craftsmanship and design of the item are what make the piece something of beauty and a desireable item to own. I for one would love to see an image of your bowl. Her pieces are not often found. In searching her name on Google I noticed that her house in Delaware was recently restored. She was a talented blacksmith as well. I am inspired each time I see her work.

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iconnumber posted 02-11-2002 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Correction, I believe the House she lived in was in New York State. This is one of the problems of living in the remote southwest. It takes so long to receive mail by stagecoach.

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iconnumber posted 10-21-2008 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Worth another look!

[This message has been edited by bascall (edited 10-21-2008).]

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