MAGNIFICENT, MARVELOUS, MARTELE: American Art Nouveau Silver from the Collection of Jolie and Robert Shelton
September 13 – November 1, 2009
ROSEWATER EWER and BASIN, 1905, Robert Bain (1866 -1946), chaser, sterling silver: Martelé line, Gorham Manufacturing Company, The Jolie and Robert Shelton Collection, Photo by Judy Cooper
Since 1995, Louisiana collectors Jolie and Robert Shelton of Lafayette have assembled finest and the most extensive collection of Gorham’s Art Nouveau Martelé silver in the world. Remarkably generous with the sharing of their superb collection, the Sheltons have agreed to loan a selection from it to the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College of Louisiana. The name of this celebrated line of handwrought silver, Martelé, is taken from the French marteler, to hammer. Gorham’s Martelé was the only line of handcrafted Art Nouveau silver produced in this country and attracted a distinguished group of prominent clients. This exhibition of selections from the Shelton Collection provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view some of the finest examples of Martelé silver. As part of the programming for this exhibition, the Sheltons will travel to Shreveport for a gallery discussion focused on the formation of this extraordinary collection and the museum will present a silver identification day for the community.