Dirk Van Erp Handwrought Copper Basket/ San Francisco, California Arts & Crafts For SaleArts & Crafts Hammered Copper Basket
~ Dirk Van Erp ~
San Francisco - Circa 1915
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Very fine and rare hand-wrought copper basket, designed and made in the Arts and Crafts style by well-known
San Francisco copper-smith, Dirk Van Erp (1860 - 1933).
This piece is signed on the bottom with the famous Windmill / "DIRK VAN ERP" mark, 'open box' version but
with no "SAN FRANCISCO" mark, and so dating the piece to circa 1913 - 1915. SIZE:
Height - 7.75" / Length - 11" / Width - 7.5"
Weight - 1 pound, 9 ounces. This piece features a fine chocolate brown patina, beautiful hammer work, and a handle with cut-out designs which is riveted to the body. The form is graceful and the craftsman ship excellent, as usual with Van Erp pieces from this period.
This piece is in very fine condition. No dents, some small scratches on the outside towards the bottom, a couple of dark marks to the interior, and light wear to the patina, overall. I believe the patina may be original, but it is hard for me to know for sure. It looks original with some wear to the foot and the color is very rich and fine. Dirk Van Erp
Dirk Koperlager van Erp (1860 - 1933) was a Dutch American artisan, copper-smith and metal-smith, best known for lamps made of copper with mica shades, and also for copper vases, bowls and candlesticks. He was a prominent participant in the Arts and Crafts Movement, and was active in Oakland and San Francisco, California.
Dirk van Erp was born January 1, 1860, in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. His father and other family members were coppersmiths. He immigrated to the United States in 1886, and came to San Francisco in 1890, where he went to work for Union Iron Works. In 1892, he married Mary Richardson Marino and their first child, a daughter named Agatha, was born in 1894. In 1898, he traveled to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush, but failed to find his fortune. He returned to work at the Union Iron Works later that same year.
In 1900, he moved to Vallejo, California, and got a job as a copper-smith at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. He began making lamps from brass shell casings as gifts to friends. He began consigning metal art works to local shops. His son, William Henry van Erp, was born in April 1901.
In 1908, he opened the Art Copper Shop in Oakland, and began exhibiting his work at local Arts and Crafts exhibitions. In 1909, he exhibited more than two dozen pieces at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, a World's Fair held in Seattle, Washington. His shop won a gold medal.
In 1910, he moved his shop to San Francisco, and entered into a partnership with Elizabeth Eleanor D'Arcy Gaw who had attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She had also studied English Arts and Crafts in London at the Guild and School of Handicraft, founded by Charles Robert Ashbee. Although their partnership lasted less than a year, she exerted a strong and lasting influence on van Erp's design sensibility. In 1915, van Erp exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a World's Fair held in San Francisco. During World War I, van Erp significantly reduced his artisan production, and returned to employment at Union Iron Works to contribute to the war effort. He resumed his prolific artisan production after the war ended in 1918.
His career continued until his retirement in 1929. He died in Fairfax, California, on July 18, 1933. His wife, Mary van Erp, died four hours later. His son, William van Erp, continued to operate the shop until 1977, when he died. PLEASE NOTE :
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