Antique Art Nouveau Lady Head Wilcox Silverplate Gravy Ladle


This is a gorgeous antique late Victorian to very early Art Nouveau silverplated figural lady handle silverplated gravy ladle made by Wilcox Silver Company. This is one of Wilcox’s earlier pieces. It has a lovely raised full figure Art Nouveau lady with unusually fine facial, clothing, hair, arms, and upper body detail. Very deep, strong, and highly noticeable. The rest of the ladle is decorated with raised Victorian bead work, floral, and leaf embellishments and some raised scroll work amid the lady’s arms. Made between 1890-1910. True original Art Nouveau and beautifully made. The body of the lady forms the cartouche for a monogram or inscription. Size is 7″ long north to south by 2 1/2″ across the bowl east to west. It is thick, strong, solid, and very well made. Other than the normally expected all over scuffs/scratches from age which could be professionally polished out it is in excellent condition. All silverplating is intact. No worn areas. The lady and full handle are still nice and crisp; not worn down. Never monogrammed. No dents or dings. Nor are there any tears or deep scratches. Completely original; in intergenerational one family estate find. All detail is still sharp and crisp. Never altered in any way. No repair. This is a gorgeous Art Nouveau lady serving piece for your antique silver collection. Looks lovely for formal dining.



Antique Art Nouveau Lady Head Wilcox Silverplate Gravy Ladle

About Wilcox Silverplate Company – (wiki

The Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (1867-c. 1980) was formed in Meriden,Connecticut. From 1865-67, it was known as the Wilcox Brittania Co. In 1898, the company was acquired by the International Silver Company headquartered in Meriden. After the acquisition, the Wilcox Silver Plate Co. brand continued until at least c. 1980.

Wilcox Silver Plate Co. designs are in several museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; British Museum in London; Brooklyn Museum; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Dallas Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Newark Museum, NJ; New Orleans Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum; Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami Beach; and Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT.

Over the years, Wilcox Silver Plate Co. designs have been exhibited in several museum exhibitions in the United States and beyond since at least 1934. In 2005-07, designs were included in the touring exhibition Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design, organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, which also travelled to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. [5]

One of the most exhibited Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Company designs is the space-age looking urn designed by Eliel Saarinen (1934). The urn was exhibited in St. Louis Modern (2015–16) and Cranbrook Goes to the Movies: Films and Their Objects, 1925–1975 (2014–15).

On June 11, 2014, a Paul Lobel-design tea set for Wilcox Silver Plate Co. sold for USD$377,000 at auction at Sotheby’s in New York.