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The Ptarmigan Vase, the design attributed to Paulding Farnham, circa 1900-05
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The Ptarmigan Vase: A Monumental Copper, Silver and Gold Mokume Vase, the design attributed to Paulding Farnham, circa 1900-05, Of inverted pear form, one side mounted with a gold medallion of the seal of the Province of British Columbia above applied silver and copper diagram of the exact geographical position of the Ptarmigan Mines, the sides also engraved with figures including an eagle, large stylized mask, Native American symbols, and a small crescent moon, the shoulders applied with stylized bird's feet below a neck incorporating a band of eyes and a projecting bird's beak, perched on the rim is a 10 1/2 in. ptarmigan with copper beak, talons and gold eyes, the base rim applied with stylized pine trees all derived from Northwest Coast Indian lore, the finished base with concave recess and central silver and copper baluster finial\nThe base engraved with five signatures HANNWEBER, SWAMBY, THOMA, BARKER, and SPENGLER\nHeight 25in.\n63.5 cm
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of inverted pear form, one side mounted with a gold medallion of the seal of the Province of British Columbia above applied silver and copper diagram of the exact geographical position of the Ptarmigan Mines, the sides also engraved with figures including an eagle, large stylized mask, Native American symbols, and a small crescent moon, the shoulders applied with stylized bird's feet below a neck incorporating a band of eyes and a projecting bird's beak, perched on the rim is a 10 1/2 in. ptarmigan with copper beak, talons and gold eyes, the base rim applied with stylized pine trees all derived from Northwest Coast Indian lore, the finished base with concave recess and central silver and copper baluster finial

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Silver, copper, gold

dimensions

Of inverted pear form, one side mounted with a gold medallion of the seal of the Province of British Columbia above applied silver and copper diagram of the exact geographical position of the Ptarmigan Mines, the sides also engraved with figures including an eagle, large stylized mask, Native American symbols, and a small crescent moon, the shoulders applied with stylized bird's feet below a neck incorporating a band of eyes and a projecting bird's beak, perched on the rim is a 10 1/2 in. ptarmigan with copper beak, talons and gold eyes, the base rim applied with stylized pine trees all derived from Northwest Coast Indian lore, the finished base with concave recess and central silver and copper baluster finial Height 25in. 63.5 cm

provenance

Paulding Farnham, to his wife

Sally James Farnham, to their son

James Farnham, thence by descent


*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.

*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.


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