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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 06-21-1999 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am in contact with a grandaughter of Mr. Smed and am trying to compile as much info as I can on this superb silversmith. I am intouch with several who are currently helping. I am always looking for more.
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Fred

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 06-21-1999 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aron Berberian of ARK Antiques may have additional information available. If you are not familiar with him, he periodically publishes a catalog of A&C silver for sale, which includes profiles of silversmiths and jewelers. I can give you an address if you would like.

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 06-22-1999 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been in contact with Aram and he has connected me with others as well. I am just attempting to expand my fingertips to see what further information I can find. Thanks

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 06-22-1999 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know that the Museum of the City of New York has purchased some pieces by Smed. Their curator, Deborah Waters, might have compiled information on him. Someone else in the forum e-mailed me information about Smed(I think it was Fred Z to whose message I am responding).

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 06-23-1999 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the insight... I will contact Ms. Waters. I have spoken with her before about the Silver Society. I am also in touch with a former curator of the Chicago Art Institute. I know that by the end of my search I will have a greater knowledge of Mr. Smed and his family than I did before. I love this whole concept of discovery and the sharing of information.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 06-23-1999 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you have contact with someone in Chicago, maybe you could pass on a query for me, or maybe someone else has information. I have a beautiful sterling cocktail spoon by someone with a mark of GHD in classic Art Nouveau lettering. Aram Berberian said that it was made in Chicago by someone named Dietrich or Diedrich or Diederich, but that is all he could tell me. Whoever he was, he does not appear in Chicago Metalsmiths. Does anyone have additional information on this mystery smith? He was a very good craftsman, judging from this spoon.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An example of Peer Smed:

Chicago Silver has a great write up Peer Smed

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charming cup. So much more information has been discovered about Smed in the last few years.

He was a skilled and talented metalsmith.

Thanks for sharing the image.

Fred

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the Met.:
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Peer Smed trained with the royal silversmiths in Copenhagen alongside Georg Jensen and developed an elite clientele that included Danish and Swedish royalty. In 1903 he immigrated to the United States and opened a gold chasing business on Maiden Lane. After returning to Denmark in 1907 for a year or two, he established a shop that produced ornamental iron work in Long Island City. Ultimately he set up a workshop in Brooklyn, where he produced handcrafted silver and metalwork until the last years of his life when he moved to New York City. His work, which inflects contemporary Scandinavian design sensibilities with his own distinctive style, attracted much public and critical acclaim and established him as a leading figure in the American Arts and Crafts movement. In addition to handcrafting silver and metalwork, Smed collaborated with manufacturers such as Tiffany & Co. and International Silver Company to produce designs for industrially produced wares. Smed’s work is both traditional and modern, and his career successfully straddled the realms of industrial design and traditional craftsmanship. Created in the final years of his life as a Christmas gift for an as-yet unidentified woman named Elisabeth Pagel, an bowl which is chased in a far rougher and bolder style than the work for which Smed is best known.

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred! Good to see you back posting again! smile

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chicagosilver

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iconnumber posted 03-05-2017 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our favorite Smed set:

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