Unger Sterling Silver Early 20th Century Bowl in Art Nouveau Style
Unger Brothers, sterling silver bowl in Art Nouveau style with a rim richly adorned with tri-dimensional natural motifs including sculptural roses. It measures 10 1/4'' in diameter by 2 7/8'' in height, weighs 10.3 troy ounces, and bears hallmarks and an engraved monogram at the center as shown.
Unger Bros. or Unger Brothers (1872–1910) was a jewelry company in Newark, New Jersey, best known for their sterling silver Art Nouveau designs. The company was established by five sons from a German immigrant family. The oldest founded a jewelry business between 1870-1872 and began the manufacture of sterling silver items in 1878. Other sons gradually joined the firm, among them a silversmith and an engraver whose brother-in-law became the leading artistic designer. By 1901, the firm had just under 300 employees. While most items were jewelry, they also produced tableware. Unger Bros. work is collected in the permanent collections of prestigious museums, such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where their tray is on display, and the RISD Museum.
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