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Katherine Pratt Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Exhibition Centerpiece Bowl, Dedham, MA, c. 1927

Rare and beautiful arts & crafts centerpiece bowl by female silversmith Katherine Pratt.

11 inches in diameter by 5 inches high


This bowl is a rare masterpiece by the arts & crafts female silversmith Katherine Pratt, whose works are rarely seen today, and her exhibition pieces are much rarer.

Hand-raised, featuring a lovely shimmering hammered surface, this bowl has chased line decorations around its rim. The domed pedestal base has an applied, shaped ring edge that matches the top rim. A series of alternating flowers and leaves rise from the base and elevate the bowl.

In 1927, The Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, celebrated its 30th anniversary with the Tricennial Exhibition, held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Their finest artisans lent pieces to this juried show. Pratt exhibited five pieces, including this bowl, catalog number 118. The other masterpiece she exhibited at this show was her Gothic Box, now in the collection of the Dedham Historical Society.

It is partly because of the strength of her exhibits at the 1927 and the 1930 Boston Tercentenary Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition (where this bowl was also exhibited) that Pratt was honored with the Society's Medalist award in 1931.

Katherine Pratt was one of only eight silversmiths to receive the prestigious 'Medalist' award from the Society of Arts & Crafts in Boston and the only female silversmith to do so.

She graduated from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and then served a three-year student/ apprenticeship with George Gebelein on an experimental scholarship for women. Later, she opened her studio in Dedham, where she continued doing limited work for Gebelein and taught metal working at the Beaver Country Day School. In 1937, she won a gold medal at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et des Techniques in Paris. (1)

Generally regarded as one of the preeminent female silversmiths of the American arts and crafts movement, her silver is rarely seen on the market today.


Triennial Exhibition of the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, March, 1927

Tercentenary Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Boston, July, 1930


Illustrated in the catalog of the Tricennnial Exhibition of the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, March, 1927

This important centerpiece is marked 'PRATT/ STERLING.' It measures just shy of 11 inches in diameter by 5 inches high, weighs 31.80 troy ounces, and is in excellent antique condition with some light interior scratching from use.


Jenny Perry, "Woman Silversmith Continues to Learn," in the Santa Barbara News-Press, July 4, 1967, p. B-1.