10 1/4″ Heavy Arts and Crafts Hand Hammered Sterling Silver Bowl on Pedestal Foot w/ Scalloped Rim by James T. Woolley. Boston, May – 8 Handcrafted Globes.
James Woolley’s handmade silver is rarely seen on the market today. A highly talented silversmith, Woolley is one of only eight silversmiths to win the ‘Medalist’ designation, the highest honor bestowed by the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts. His work was featured in the Society’s 1907 exhibition.(1)
Trained at Gorham, Woolley was an early convert to the movement and worked as a silversmith and jeweler. Early in his career, he shared bench space with the important arts and crafts silversmith George J. Hunt and set up his own shop in 1908.(2) Many of his best pieces are adaptations of colonial models.
In 1906, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts held the first ever exhibition of colonial American silver. The handmade pieces in this exhibit inspired many of the arts and crafts makers in Boston, including Woolley.