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Early 20th Century E.T. Hurley Bronze 'Swimming Turtles' Pin Dish Ashtray



This bronze dish was made by multitalented artist and sculptor Edward Timothy Hurley (1869-1950). E.T. Hurley studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he excelled in drypoint etching under the tutelage of noted painter Frank Duveneck. Hurley was also an accomplished painter and went on to work as a decorator for the renowned Cincinnati based Rookwood Pottery company. In addition, the artist produced a variety of work on his own including sketches and works executed in watercolor, pastel and oil. Hurley also worked with metal and sculpted a variety of pieces in bronze. This bronze dish has a patinated finish designed to resemble that found on ancient bronze works and has a heavily verdigrised appearance. This piece is decorated with a turtle motif and features three turtles swimming in a clockwise direction. The surface of the dish also has a series of concentric rings which add to the illusion that the turtles are swimming on the water. The dish displays beautifully and retains its original finish. Despite faint marks resembling Hurley's initials on the underside, the artist's mark is indistinguishable but the piece is attributable to Hurley. An unusual and appealing decorative accent.


  • Attributed to
    E.T. Hurley (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 0.5 in. (1.27 cm)Diameter: 3.75 in. (9.53 cm)
  • Style
    Arts and Crafts (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1920s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 1126030931stDibs: LU119123168302

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    US$110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Cincinnati, OH
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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