American designers of home furnishings and jewelry became enamored of Japan in the late 19th century. The era known as the Aesthetic Movement was inspired by a desire to return to nature after a period of great industrialization, most especially after Commodore Perry “opened” Japan – where graceful, earthly lines were the norm in design – to trade in 1854. Silversmithing was a particularly lucky beneficiary of the naturalism of the period.
This handsome ice bucket has the curving lines that were the hallmark of the times, and fine filigreed decoration. Perfect also for flowers in front of a mirror.
Aesthetic Movement Silver Ice Bucket
Sterling silver, 7.5”, some wear, stamped Leonard
Made in USA