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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 01-30-2010 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of my favorite things at the Americana auctions was this baby, a weird and wonderful square jardiniere by Pasadena arts and crafts silversmith Clemens Friedell.

Incredible workmanship, each side depicting the flower of the season--the overblown roses were on another side, but I chose this image because it reflects a more arts and crafts aesthetic. Sold for $ll.5K at auction on 1/21/10. Too rich for real folks, but a masterpiece at a bargain price for a museum. Just shy of 10 inches square.

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iconnumber posted 01-30-2010 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do I understand that your museum acquired this gorgeous example of Friedell's work? If so congratulations! Friedell was an incredible craftsman, even the monograms he did were works of art!
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iconnumber posted 01-30-2010 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I love it! I have a piece of Friedell's chasing, and I am still amazed at how he was able to capture how flowers really look.

I find it odd that people will pay a premium for Martele pieces chased by Friedell, but won't fork out the same money for pieces he made later. They are as beautiful or more.

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 02-04-2010 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alas, I didn't mean to be misconscrewed smile...I was just fondling this at the previews, and thought it would be the perfect thing to have bought, had my funds for this year ALREADY not been tagged for something else (not, sadly, silver)... I was just bloviating on what a museum-quality this piece is!!!

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2010 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forget that old Dutch punchbowl -- this is the item I'd have bid for if I had money to burn.

Can it really be that the design is entirely chased? Surely some parts of it are cast and applied?

P.S. Are those California poppies above the feet? Are they on all sides? What are the fall and winter flowers? Inquiring minds (who wish they had $12-15K) want to know!

[This message has been edited by ellabee (edited 02-04-2010).]

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 02-05-2010 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I assure you, it's entirely repousse work...each side represents a season (California style)--summer being big roses, which looked too Victorian, so I used the more arts and crafts (Spring) irises. I can't remember the other sides--but each of the feet also has a different motif chased in above. All riveted together inside. Heavy, too. It was a love-fest for those who cared--and someone cared to pay a good price!

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