J. & J. G. Low
Rare J & JG Low Art Tile Tazza Brass Silver Plate Portrait Plate Compote Chelsea Mass.
In over 20 years of collecting and selling American art tiles I have never seen one of these before. A tazza by J JG Low art tile, and presumably Low Metal. Measures 6" tall and 8" diameter, it has a shallow concave dish with a portrait in the center with a reeded border inset into brass. This sits atop a silver plated bowl, stem and base with another tile. I've seen a couple of candlesticks in a similar pattern but never an impressive compote like this. Unsigned.
The base tile is cracked and has edge wear, the underside of the bowl has opposing piercings, probably holding decorative rings at one time. Some soft dents and wear in the silver plate.