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PRESENTING A STUNNING Pair of Oriental Fish Bowls made for Gumps of San Francisco on solid handcarved, floral, French Walnut Jardinieres.
The fish bowls are probably mid 20th Century and are fully marked. Chinese export specifically for ‘Gumps’.
Both Fish Bowls are matching with profuse floral, bird and fish decorations.
The bowls are highly collectible in their own right and in mint condition.
The pair of Jardinieres are much, much older. They are French Provincial pieces made circa mid to late 19th Century, circa 1860-80.
They are solid walnut and hand-carved in the shape of sunflowers.
They are a perfect fit and size for the fish bowls, as the floral decoration on the jardinieres perfectly match and reflect the floral design on the bowls.
Putting these together elevates the fish bowls to a much more desirable pair.
S & G Gump was founded in 1861 as a mirror and frame shop by Solomon Gump and his brother, Gustav. It later sold mouldings, gilded cornices and European artwork to those recently made wealthy from the California Gold Rush.
The business flourished; the store sold products ranging from jewelry made from jade, precious gemstones, and cultured freshwater pearls to products from luxury designers such as Hermès and Buccellati. Customers included Franklin D. Roosevelt, who bought model ships and smoking jackets there, and Sarah Bernhardt, who bought a 17th-century bronze Chinese snake in preparation for playing Cleopatra. It was eventually passed on to Solomon’s son Alfred Livingston Gump. The fire following the 1906 earthquake destroyed the store and all of the merchandise, but thanks to Dodie Valencia, A.L. received $17,000 for one of his paintings, which allowed funding for the rebuilding and restocking of the store. A.L. was fueled by his passion for Oriental art and began selling his exotic collectibles from the Far East. He sent his buyers to Japan and China, bringing back exotic rugs, porcelains, silks, bronzes and jades to California’s new millionaires.
Richard Gump, one of A.L.’s three children, eventually became president of Gump’s after his father’s death in 1947. He continued the family legacy, running the company’s overall operations until his retirement in 1975. Gump’s was sold to publisher Crowell Collier, which after further mergers became Macmillan Publishers. By June 1989, Gump’s had again been sold, this time to an investment group including Japan’s Tobu Department Store and the Charterhouse Group.
In 1993 Gump’s was in financial trouble when the catalog company later known as Hanover Direct bought it. They reduced the product lines, holding a liquidation sale on May 24, 1993, and revived the business,[ then in 2005 sold it to an investment group for $8.5 million.
The company began catalog sales in the 1950s and as of May 2018, more than 75% of its sales were through the catalog or online.
Pair of Oriental Gump Fish Bowls on French Walnut Jardinieres
Provenance: The Jardinieres were bought by us in France and the Fish Bowls are from a Dallas Private Collection.
Condition: The bowls are mint. The jardinieres have evidence of real age with some minor cracks and knicks.
Dimensions: The Fish Bowls are each 14.5″ Tall with a Diameter of 16″.
The Jardinieres are each 27″ Tall with a diameter of 12″ at the base.
The fish bowls on the stands are 41.5″ Tall.