This copper bowl was made by Robert Jarvie and given as a gift to Martha Faux Dobson around 1905. Dobson often visited Jarvie and his wife Lillian at their shop in the Union Stock Yard. It was donated to the Chicago History Museum by Dobson's daughter.
This copper bowl represents Robert Jarvie's important place in the flourishing Arts and Crafts Movement in Chicago in the early 1900s. The Arts and Crafts Movement, which began in England, eschewed modern manufacturing and advocated a return to traditional craft techniques; emphasizing both beauty and practicality of the handwrought. After moving through several workshops, Jarvie produced items like candlesticks, bowls, vases, trays, and trophies from a workshop in the Old English Cottage building at the Union Stock Yard. An Arts and Crafts tendency to favor natural instead of futuristic or geometric forms in artwork is visible as well.