Rare Gorham Sample Antique Sterling and Enamel Vase Meiji Period
An extremely rare and important antique sterling silver vase by Gorham, the body with applied irises, fish swimming through water, chickens, flowers and water plants with applied enamel in the Japanese style of the Meiji period. Dated 1897 by the Gorham date letter on the base. The style number is surrounded by an oval indicating that this vase was manufactured as a sample of this technique and motif. The top of the vase has acid etched decoration in the Japanese style. Monogrammed on the base. There are some Japanese hand engraved signatures that extend downwards from the side of the vase.
Height 12 1/2"; width at its widest point 6 1/4"; weight 27.50 oz troy