Artwork of the Week: March 14

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Metalwork: Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, 1831–present); glass: T. G. Hawkes and Company (American, 1880–1964), Loving Cup, silver, repoussé and chased; glass, intaglio cut, 1904. 9 3/8 x 10 13/16 in. Glass Pavilion, Gallery 3

Metalwork: Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, 1831–present); glass: T. G. Hawkes and Company (American, 1880–1964), Loving Cup, silver, repoussé and chased; glass, intaglio cut, 1904. 9 3/8 x 10 13/16 in. Glass Pavilion, Gallery 3

A loving cup is a two-handled cup that was ceremoniously presented during a couple’s wedding or given as trophies for competitions, among other celebrated events. The glass body was engraved using abrasive wheels and drills, giving the details of the design depth and perspective. The grape and leaf motif carries over to the Art Nouveau silver mounts. The gently curving foliage lines are mimicked in the curve of the handles, the slope of the lip, and even in the feet on the base that gently bend inward and redirect the viewer’s attention to the handiwork covering most of the cup’s surface. It was this attention to detail that helped the glass and silver work so well together.


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