Attributed to Frank J. Marshall [1884-1975]
Peacock box, ca.1912-ca.1914
Hand-hammered copper with polychrome enameling
4 1/2 wide x 1 1/2 inches tall
Frank J. Marshall (1884-1975)
Frank J. Marshall (1884-1975) was an American enameler and metalworker known for his small decorative boxes. Marshall was born in 1884 and had a studio at 12 Newbern Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA. He was a member of the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts from 1907 to 1927. He is listed as a craftsman member from 1907 to 1912 and a master craftsman from 1913 to 1927. Marshall exhibited with the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts in 1907. The artist’s boxes where retailed at Tiffany & Co. in the early 1910s. In 1915, Marshall was listed as an enameler in the Boston Directory and in 1916 was listed as a metalworker and enameler. Marshall died in 1975.
1914 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, “Thirteenth Annual Exhibition of Industrial Art…”, October 1-25.
1907 Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, “Exhibition of Society of Arts and Crafts at Copley Hall”, February 5 – March 16.
– The Craftsman and the Critic: Defining Usefulness and Beauty in Arts and Crafts-era Boston by Beverly Kay Brandt
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2009.
– The Ideal Home 1900-1920: The History of Twentieth-Century American Craft edited by Janet Kardon, 1993, New York, page 196 (for a similar enameled box with a peacock motif attributed to Frank J. Marshall).
– The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston exhibition record, 1897-1927 by Ulehla, Karen Evans, 1981, Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, Boston, MA.
– The Boston Directory, Sampson & Murdock Company, Boston, MA, 1922.
– Exhibition of Society of Arts and Crafts at Copely Hall by the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, February 5 – March 16, 1907.