Kurt Matzdorf (1922-2008) hand wrought modern design sterling silver Kiddush cup, tripod design with round bowl over a central knob engraved with Hebrew symbols, supported on a circular base. Stamped hallmark on underside with additional number 313. 6" H. 5.22 oz troy. Provenance: The estate of Martha Goldsmith, Clarksville, TN. Note: American silversmith Kurt Matzdorf was nationally known for his ceremonial work, including 16 university maces, 20 presidential chains of office and 10 presidential medallions. His work has been exhibited in major public museums on both sides of the Atlantic, including Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Jewish Museum in Berlin. He completed his undergraduate work in sculpture at London University and his master of fine arts in silversmithing at the University of Iowa. He founded the metals program in the art department at SUNY New Paltz, and was awarded the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of North American Goldsmiths. This is the society's highest award, which recognizes a lifetime of exceptional service to the metalsmith community. CONDITION: Slightly uneven form; bowl slightly out of round, possibly as made.
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