Provenance: Commissioned by Anna Clute Newcomb circa 1937, thence by descent through the family until recently. Property of a Private Ft. Lauderdale Collector
Notes: The Anna Clute Newcomb Sterling Silver Table Service (Lots 189-193). Clemens Friedell was born near New Orleans in 1872. Three years later his family moved to his parents' native Austria, where he apprenticed with a Viennese silversmith. Friedell returned to America in 1892 and worked for a San Antonio jeweler. In 1901 he began work for Gorham in Providence, Rhode Island as an ornamentalist on the Martele line. He moved to California and opened his own workshop in Pasadena in 1910. His clients included many of the wealthy families who wintered in Pasadena as clients and for many years he designed the trophies for the Tournament of Roses as well as trophies for numerous prestigious equestrian events. Friedell is renowned for his floral and foliate designs. Anna Clute was born in Schenectady, New York. Her father, Judge Henry J. Clute, was a noted lawyer and jurist. As a young girl Anna was introduced to the noted suffragist leader Carrie Chapman Catt. This influence sparked an interest in women's clubs and causes. Anna served as president of the New York City Federation of Women's Clubs, chairman of the Women's Division of the Council of National Defense during World War I, chairman of women's activities on the local Council of Civil Defense during World War II. In Pasadena, she established the Women's City Club, was a trustee of Occidental College, president of the Pasadena Symphony Association, a member of the Athenaeum, active in the Women's Civic League and received the 'Citation of Merit' by the City of Pasadena for her civic works. Anna's husband, James G. Newcomb, a Standard Oil executive, died in 1935. Mrs. Newcomb purchased a mansion located at 141 N. Grand Avenue from the 'Silver Queen' Susanna Bransford Emory Holmes in 1937. She donated this house to Occidental College upon her death in 1961. The house has been the location of a number of feature films and television programs like 'Bachelor Party' and 'Falcon Crest.' This service was likely commissioned by Mrs. Newcomb upon her purchase of the Grand Avenue home circa 1937. It had remained in the family since its manufacture until recently.
Condition: Good overall condition. With typical light marks and scratches to surface, commensurate with age. Some pending to pierced floral corners. Some flower heads re-soldered. Light tarnishing to surface, particularly to floral sprays. Lacking bowl.