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Polly

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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone ever seen this fascinating pattern? To me it looks like it was inspired by a mummy. Gorham date mark L, for 1879, which is a bit late for Egyptian revival, though.



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Polly

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It just arrived and I need to polish it, but I was so excited I couldn't wait to post. TJ and Rob, I feel like you in particular will both enjoy this set.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First time for me. Wonderful!!

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What do you think it's supposed to represent? Mummy? Bandage? Turban? The antique equivalent of bubble wrap?

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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know but your "mummy wrap" works for me. Using "mummy wrap", I found:

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It reminds me of a basket weave. In the far reaches of my memory, I seem to recall a piece of Tiffany holloware with a basket weave motif mimicking an American Indian basket; I think it may have been from one of the World's Fairs exhibitions.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's the Tiffany Pueblo bowl I was thinking of. Though not exactly a basket weave, it was Tiffany's interpretation of a Pueblo water basket made in 1893 for display at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Basket" has been suggested, but I think the strips look more like strips of cloth than of straw, wood, grass, bark, bamboo, etc. If you look at the close-up of the cream pitcher, you'll see they have a carefully applied texture that looks to me like woven cloth. And the strips go round and round, unlike baskets, which are generally woven in one layer. This really looks like a mummy's wrapping to me. But who would want mummy-wrapped hollowware for cream and sugar? So odd! How I WISH I had that time machine, so I could ask what the designer had in mind.

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 04-12-2018 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Splendid pieces! It does look like a mummy wrapping! biggrin
It also appears to be hand-done, Gorham is awesome.

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 04-12-2018 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And no, I've never seen this particular pattern, but it certainly looks right for the aesthetic period of the late 70's and early 80's

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 04-15-2018 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So cool! Carpenter shows some similar trompe l'oeil pieces from the same time period, 'Whimsey and Fantasy', pages 117-118, plates 113-117 in my old first edition...

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 04-16-2018 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cheryl, I recently got a copy of that book. I love it! So informative! Though it's pretty dismissive of "Whimsy and fantasy," calling the style kitsch.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 10-10-2018 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Popping in months later to say I'm now convinced this set was inspired by similar pieces made in Russia in imitation of kvass jugs wrapped in birch bark.

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asheland

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The Russians made some splendid Aesthetic pieces in the 80's!

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