An American Silver Spoon Grant Wood, Cedar Rapids, IA, Circa 1913 the elongated handle with slightly up-turned squared terminal marked on reverse of handle W. incuse Length 6 1/4 inches Estimate $ 300-500
Celebrated painter Grant Wood (1891-1942) actually began his artistic career in metalsmithing. Born in Anamosa, IA, Wood was trained at the Minneapolis Handicraft Guild. In 1911 he and partner Kate Loomis founded a workshop focusing on jewelry and metal in the basement of the Loomis home in Cedar Rapids. The Loomwood Craft Shop sold hand wrought trays, sconces, holloware and jewelry in copper and silver. Wood was member of the Cedar Rapids Sketch Club, and it was at a meeting hosted at the Loomwood Craft Shop that Wood befriended fellow artist Julian Lars Hoftrup in 1913. The present lot is thought to have been given to Hoftrup by Wood in payment for lessons (Darcy L. Evon, Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork & Jewelry 1890-1940, 2013, p. 224). In the same year Wood moved to Chicago, where he worked for the Kalo Shop while attending evening classes at the Art Institute. In 1914 he partnered with Norwegian silversmith Kristopher Haga to open the Would Shop in Park Ridge focused on gold and silver jewelry. The partnership lasted eighteen months, at which time Haga returned to the Kalo Shop, and Wood moved back to Iowa and commenced painting (Sharon S. Darling, Chicago Metalsmiths, 1977, p. 63).