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Presentation punch bowl commemorating the opening of the F.W. Woolworth Building

Presentation punch bowl commemorating the opening of the F.W. Woolworth Building
Presentation punch bowl commemorating the opening of the F.W. Woolworth Building
Title
Presentation punch bowl commemorating the opening of the F.W. Woolworth Building
Date 
1913
Medium 
Sterling silver with gold inscription
Dimensions 
Overall: 9 5/8 × 17 in. (24.4 × 43.2 cm); approx. 222 troy oz.
Description 
Circular, footed bowl with notched rim over a band with raised inscription in gold: "Presented to Cass Gilbert by Frank W. Woolworth as a Mark of Appreciation at the Formal Opening of the Woolworth Building on the 24th of April 1913," over a border of alternating large and small pendant trefoils intercepted with a shield-shaped reserve with the raised gold monogram "CG" and ornamented with scrolled anthemion leaves; bowl interior with a chased scene at center depicting the F.W. Woolworth building in its setting with surrounding buildings and trees; all supported on a circular molded base; impressed maker's marks on underside of base.
Credit Line 
Purchased through the generosity of Barbara Knowles Debs and Richard A. Debs, Paul Guarner, Patricia D. Klingenstein, the Monsky family, Nancy Newcomb and John Hargraves, Pam B. Schafler, and Roy J. Z
Object Number 
2013.12
Marks 
Mark on underside of foot: “TIFFANY & Co MAKERS 11701 STERLING SILVER 925-1000 M”
Inscriptions 
Inscription around rim: “Presented to Cass Gilbert by Frank W. Woolworth as a Mark of Appreciation at the Formal Opening of the Woolworth Building on the 24th of April 1913”
Gallery Label 
On April 24, 1913, nine hundred men gathered on the twenty-seventh floor of the Woolworth Building to enjoy an extravagant dinner celebrating the skyscraper’s opening and honoring its architect, Cass Gilbert. The New York Times touted the event as the “highest skyscraper dinner ever held in the world.” Indeed, the “Cathedral of Commerce,” as the Woolworth Building was dubbed, held the distinction of being the tallest building in the world until 1930. During the dinner, five-and-dime magnate Frank W. Woolworth presented this monumental punch bowl to Cass Gilbert as a "small token” of his regard. The lavish bowl incorporates neo-Gothic details drawn from Gilbert’s architectural ornament and is inscribed in gold lettering, “Presented to Cass Gilbert by Frank W. Woolworth as a Mark of Appreciation at the Formal Opening of the Woolworth Building on the 24th of April 1913.” A chased scene showing the Woolworth Building from City Hall Park ornaments the inside of the bowl.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group