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Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT

Art & Design with Tradition & Innovation

Sale 121 Lot 157

Robert Riddle Jarvie (1865-1941)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland jardiniere
Chicago, Illinois
stamped signature
extremely rare example by The Jarvie Shop
11 1/2"dia x 7"h

Catalog Note:
This jardiniere is excellently executed with various scenes incorporated from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The novel, very possibly a coincidence, was published the same year Jarvie was born, in 1865. While we suspect this jardiniere was produced for a special commission, it is interesting to note that Jarvie's wife, Lillian Gray Jarvie, was a children's bookseller and author. On one side, the jardiniere depicts Alice talking to the caterpillar on a mushroom, the grinning Cheshire cat in a tree, a dormouse, a flamingo and a hopping frog. On the other side, an oversized Alice is talking to a bird in a tree, a pig trotting in a dress and the March Hare. All of these encounters take place amongst a teeming array of realistic foliage decoration. The vine-like leaves are reminiscent of other known works by the The Jarvie Shop, including trays and bookends.

Estimate $9,000-12,000

Sold for $25,000