MARIE ZIMMERMAN SPUN SILVER-GILT PRESENTATION BOWL AND COVER, CIRCA 1919.
Of conical form with everted rim, the chinoiserie knop a burlwood and silver berry affixed to a carved green hardstone foliate mount, engraved around the inside of the cover rim “TO MOTHER AND FATHER, LOUIS AND HENRIETTE ETTLINGER, MARCH 14 1869-1919,” in Arts & Crafts style lettering interrupted by flower stems and a stylized Chinese vase on a scroll stand, marked “M. ZIMMERMAN MAKER,” MZ cipher and “STERLING.” 44 oz. Diameter 10 ¾ inches.Marie Zimmerman (American 1878-1972) was a painter and sculptor, but she is best known for her metalwork and jewelry. She was highly skilled in manipulating chemical treatments, gilding and plating in a broad range of color and texture. She was educated at the Pratt Institute, the Art Students League, and the National Arts Club. Zimmermann’s early work was very much in the tradition of the Arts and Crafts movement. In 1921 she exhibited several metal bowls at the Boston Society of Decorative Art. The next year she exhibited pieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art display. She subsequently showed at the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts and the Ehrich Galleries of New York City. In 1924, two more shows featured her work, including an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded the Logan Prize for her jewelry and silverware.Louis Ettlinger (1845-1927) was born in Germany and received his education and training there. In 1866 he emigrated to New York City, and after briefly working as a greengrocer founded the lithographic firm Schumacher & Ettlinger. In December of 1895 the firm was purchased along with several other lithographic publishers, and merged to become the American Lithographic Company, of which he was Treasurer and Director. He was a treasurer of the company that eventually became Crowell-Collier, a major publisher of books and magazines. He was also a director of the Knapp Company. He backed his daughter Flora’s husband Giles Whiting in his Persian rug business, serving as President and Director of the Persian Rug Manufactory. He was also a Director of the Realty League of the City of New York. In 1902, he purchased the Henry Ward Beecher estate, Boscobel (designed by Joseph Lyman Silisbee), overlooking the Hudson River in Peekskill, New York, which served as his summer home.