Porter George Blanchard (1886–1973) was a renowned silversmith and metal worker, a significant member of the Arts and Crafts movement. Born in Massachusetts to the famous silversmith George Porter Blanchard, he was a member of the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston before he moved to Burbank,California in 1923 for his health. He produced silver and pewter items for the next 50 years at his home and studio and his celebrity clients included Cary Grant and Joan Bennett. His work has been exhibited since 1937 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, among others. The incised mark on the bottom of this bowl is the outline of a rectangle with a craftsman using a hammer, which Blanchard used on both silver and pewter. In this case, the piece is also marked "Colonial Pewter" (the name of his line of pewter wares) and the words "Hand Made" and "Porter Blanchard."
Coming from a family of silversmiths that reached back to the 18th century in America, Blanchard was trained in traditional design, but he used many of the developing modernist elements in his work. This large bowl is a prime example of his elegant original designs. Perfectly balanced, utilizing the myriad of small hammer marks called planishing, the modern shape was given an Arts and Crafts flavor with the use of the copper rings that encircle the center of the 1 3/4 inch high, 5 inch diameter base. Measuring 12 1/2 inches across and 5 1/2 inches high, the bowl weighs over 3 3/4 pounds and is in very good condition, with some fine scratches to the surface but no dents or other damage. This bowl is an outstanding piece of timeless American artisan pewter.
Please note: This item was sold in our past collection
By: Linda Henrich
Photos By: Wayne Henrich