This handsome plate ticks many boxes. First there's the hand-hammered rosy copper, always a favorite of mine. And then the plate is "damascened"—that is, bonded with delicate elements of inlaid silver, creating a delightful pattern. And that pattern, too, tips its hat to several period aesthetics. The stag amongst the foliage is a common medieval tapestry theme. The hammered copper lies at the heart of Arts & Crafts metalwork. And the silhouette of the stag is reminiscent of the works of the American Art Deco sculptor, Paul Manship.
The term "damascening" is derived from the word "damask," since the embellished metalwork is reminiscent of those intricately woven fabrics. And "damask" was named after the city of Damascus—a major producer of early damask fabrics (and a major commercial point along the Silk Road trade route).
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Another Springtime Suggestion tomorrow.
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Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only). 917-446-4248