Sardine server ("Grass")

c. 1880–1890

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

With a grass-shaped handle and a spatula formed by a cluster of fish, this sardine server reflects the influence of metalwork of Meiji period Japan, characterized by a fusion of naturalism and functionalism, as well as the innovation of designer George Shiebler.

**Drawn from**

* Charles L. Venable, _Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor_ (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York, New York; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 128, 140-141, 339.
* Hannah Sigur, _The Influence of Japanese Art on Design_ (Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 2008), 160.

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  • Title: Sardine server ("Grass")
  • Date Created: c. 1880–1890
  • Physical Dimensions: 1 × 2 1/8 × 6 5/8 in. (2.54 × 5.4 × 16.83 cm)
  • Type: Culinary Equipment
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3179292/
  • Medium: Silver, silver-gilt
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The V. Stephen Vaughan Collection, gift of the 1991 Silver Supper