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William Nicholas Frederick (1921-2012) of Chicago, was one of a very small number of America's most distinguished metal smiths.
This particular piece we are offering came from Mr. Frederick's estate.
His work is in several museums including the Art Institute of Chicago.
Size: 5" Tall.
Gold wash on interior.
As found patina.
Hand hammered surface.
Museum worthy silver vase / challis.
Weight: 205.2 grams
Marked: Handwrought Sterling WF
From his obituary on Legacy.com
He attended both Harvard and MIT where he received his Aeronautical Engineering degree. This background undoubtedly is responsible for the inventive structural form in some of his designs. When he was separated from the Navy in 1946, Bill pursued his BFA and MFA degrees in Art from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, where he subsequently taught for six years. He was a member of the Arts Club of Chicago. Among many diverse projects, liturgical and otherwise, some 400 or more chalices are singularly creative as he never repeated a design. Consistent and distinctive in his designs is the use of the hammered surface. This surface is unique to each craftsman. Bill preferred the textured instead of the smooth, polished surface; it appeared in most of this works. His long career was sustained by word of mouth, reception of many awards and articles in trade publications.
The Chicago KALO Connection:
After the death of Kalo Silversmith Daniel Pederson in 1970, William Frederick came into the possession of Pederson's silversmith hammers. The following comes from a wonderful article on The Ganoksin Project Website:
"As a young silversmith, Frederick tried to get hired at the Kalo Shop, but Daniel Pederson turned him down, saying that he would be paid only one dollar a day. "I would have taken it," Frederick admits. His studio is now filled with approximately 500 handmade polished steel tools acquired from historic metal workshops in Chicago - not just Pederson's hammers but the whole tool collection from the Kalo Shop and its stumps (which were rescued just before they went to a junkyard), tools from the well-known Art Metal Studios, from the Lebolt and Company shop, and tools once owned by the idiosyncratic and immensely talented Chicagoan Renard A. Koehnemann, among others."
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