This is a remarkable piece and there is a similar one on display in the Fine Arts Museum in San Francsico. Do a search within the De Young Gallery of this museum and you will find the museum’s compote. The museum described the compote as “earthenware and silver” and provides the date range of 1900 to 1905 for when Shreve & Co created the compote. The Satsuma bowl will most likely have an earlier date. The compote is part of The American Arts and Craft Movement, and the compote in the museum is there because it is considered a wonderful example of American Decorative Art.
The bowl is Japanese Satsuma, artist unknown. The bowl sits on a tall sterling silver base. The comport was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Lobdell in 1927 by the Los Angeles Realty Board in California. The estate said the piece, which we can call a tazza, comport or compote, was given to the Lobdells for their help in funding Los Angeles’ first affordable housing development. This piece is a bit of history with respect to Los Angeles real estate development.
The sterling silver stand has a monogram “L” (for Lobdell) on the top of the round foot along with etched flowers and leaves. The underside has the words imprinted into the silver of “Sterling To Mr. & Mrs Lobdell From Los Angeles Realty Board June 1927 10045 Base Loaded.” Keep in mind that the date of the engraving is not the same as the time period when Shreve created the compote.
Shreve & Company created a limited number of these compotes during this time period, a few with Satsuma bowls, and a few with other types of bowls. Shreve produced the sterling silver pedestal base and affixed the Satsuma bowl to the vase. The bowl by itself has a value in the thousands. The rarity of this compote is high.
The piece is 8” high. The mouth of the bowl is 6 ¼” wide.
The bowl is Satsuma pottery, which is a light cream color with a fine craze or crackle in the glaze. If you are new to looking at Satsuma pottery, the finest of Satsuma will always be this color and it will always have this fine crazing.
The bowl is hand painted in a design called Mille Fleur, which means a Thousand Flowers, which is a lot of flowers, and these flowers are mostly chrysanthemums, in enamel of gold and vibrant colors. The signature would be on the bottom where it is affixed to the pedestal base, and so it can’t be seen. The butterflies are situated in three different places on the outer sides of the bowl.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks. The sterling pedestal has no dings or dents. In the photos, there is light glare on the left side of the bowl that fades the colors, so as you look at the photos keep in mind this is light glare and that this bowl is pristine.
American Decorative 8" Art Compote Japanese Satsuma Gold Mille Fleur Butterflies Bowl on Shreve Sterling Silver Pedestal c 1900 – 1905 –- Museum
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