Craftsman Studios Antique Copper Bowl

by Josh on July 29, 2011 · 6 comments

in Journal

A neighborhood furniture and antique store is preparing to close its doors after over 30 years. I stopped in looking for deals as they wind down their operation.

The first thing to catch my eye was this curvy and deeply finished oak wall clock. The dark oak was a great match with the trim in my living room, its round, feminine shape would add a dash of contrast to the square lines of my woodwork and furniture.

antique sessions ramona wall clockThe clock’s numbers and hands had been painted white at some point–probably to improve readability– which I figured could be pretty easily remedied. However, even at 20% off it was still too expensive. A bit of research when I got home helped me determine the clock is a Sessions “Ramona.” Even though this Ramona was out of my league, I can look around for one of her sisters that is cheaper or slightly less attractive.

I continued my antique browsing down in the basement where I saw this lovely Bradley and Hubbard tiffany-style lamp.

Bradley and Hubbard tiffany lampThe clean, geometric lines and neutral colors of this lamp really appealed to me, but as with the clock I had to settle for taking a picture instead of taking the lamp. It was just too easy to picture the lamp smashed to pieces on the floor after one of my kids knocked it off the piano.

Then on my way out of the shop I spied a hammered copper bowl in a simple but pretty flower shape. The price was well south of $100 and the risk of child-inflicted damage was low. Bingo.

antique copper bowlI think of antique pieces, such as this bowl, like seasoning in cooking. Even though most of the furnishings in my house are contemporary, a bowl like this sitting on a side table or display shelf conveys a real vintage flavor that can influence the whole room.

antique copper bowl marksAs you can see from the maker’s mark above, the bowl was handmade by Craftsman Studios, a minor metalwork company that a discussion thread at the Arts & Crafts Society forum indicated was based in Laguna Beach, California. The mark is appears authentic and the “Arizona” stamp indicates the source of the copper for the bowl and not, as the antique store guy told me, that the bowl came “from an early time in Craftsman Studios operation before they moved to California.” That information from the seller didn’t influence my purchasing decision, but it was at best speculation and at worst an outright fib with the intent to convey greater age/significance to the piece.

antique copper bowl in mirrorIn the end, I’m really glad I purchased the bowl. It looks great in my house. It’s a genuine antique with beautiful patina, and I got it at an affordable price. Researching the bowl after the sale also provided a valuable reminder to approach sellers with skepticism and to do my homework on bigger ticket items–like a clock or lamp–before I put my money down.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one } July 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

Great finds in that store. The bowl looks beautiful!


norma July 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I love the simple but feminine flower design. Great steal!


Adam July 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I am digging the patina; I am a sucker for the patina, rust, dings and dents, wear and tear look that comes with anything original. Although I bet it could have become great friends with the lamp…


Josh July 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Ah, the lamp… maybe if things at the shop go on super clearance I could reunite it with the bowl, but I doubt it will last that long.


Jane October 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

I had a bowl just like this one with two candleholders to match. My mom gave it to me before she passed away. I am wondering if you could email me the price you paid. We were in the Bastrop, TX wildfires and lost everything. I just need the price for insurance purposes Enjoy your beautiful bowl! It is especially nice in the fall with pretty naturals in it. Thanks for any help you can provide.


James December 7, 2013 at 1:29 am

I have the exact bowl you bought. May I ask how much you paid for it. I can not find a price anywhere on any sight. Thanks


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