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claude parker
iconnumber posted 03-18-2002 02:08 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HEllo--I recently saw at an estate sale a tazza that was similar to the jensen tazzas with the grapes. It was listed as by dematteo who, according to description, had been a silversmith at Williamsburg, made items to be presented by the Us as gifts to head's of state, and might have worked for jensen. Do you have additional information about this silversmith, and do you know his marks? Also do you have any information about a William SHarp--probably an English silversmith working in London during the late 18 or early 19 century? THank you for any information you can supply.

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iconnumber posted 03-18-2002 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think your sources are confusing the two (actually three) DeMatteos. William DeMatteo, Sr., was a silversmith in Bergenfield, NJ, during the 1930s-60s. He in fact did work for Georg Jensen during WWII, and the pieces he made after the War are often very closely modeled on Jensen forms. We in fact own two pieces, a Tazza and a pitcher, that were obviously inspired by the Jensen work that DeMatteo knew. It is not clear if DeMatteo copied Jensen pieces, or made things similar to Jensen. I have never actually seen a piece with DeMatteo's mark and Jensen's mark on it (Jensen USA). But I have seen DeMatteo pieces that are dead-ringers for Jensen forms. DeMatteo tended to use a calla-lily motif, and perhaps this was on his post-war, post-Jensen stuff. DeMatteo's son worked as the first producing silversmith for Colonial Williamsburg in the 1950s and on. He died just a few years after his father did in the 1980s. His son, also William DeMatteo, is still a silversmith, but not in Williamsburg. The neo-Jensen stuff is always by the senior DeMatteo. It was the neo-colonial silver that was given as official gifts by the government, and never, to my knowledge, the neo-Jensen material (but that would be cool if anyone knows of such).

As to William Sharp, I don't really know about London silversmiths, although I'm sure there are folks out in the forum who do.

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claude parker
iconnumber posted 03-19-2002 07:54 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for clarifying my information about DeMatteo items. SHould I post my query regarding William Sharp in another forum? THanks again.

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William Henry Sharp was the son of John Sharp of Fish Street Hill, Colchester clockmaker. William apprenticed to Samuel Wheatley of Old Street St. Luke's as a silversmith March 7, 1810 on payment of 36 pounds 15 schillings. He was free July 2, 1817 and his first mark was entered as plate maker on March 31, 1817. Address: 3 Old Street, St. Luke's. Moved to 16 Red Cross Square on January 23, 1818. Second mark September 16, 1824.

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