[American Artist Parke E. Edwards:] Iridescent Glass Roundel, c. 1920, probably made at Bryn Athyn.
Arts and Crafts-era iridescent glass roundel made by artist Parke Edwards (1892–1975), c.1920, probably made at Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Parke Emerson Edwards studied “with renowned Philadelphia blacksmith Samuel Yellin. Edwards was best known for the design, execution, and installation of the decorative metalwork for the Swedenborgian Cathedral at Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.”¹
The roundel is accompanied by two groups of artist’s tools and implements:
• 60 wooden and metal tools for clay-working and otherwise attributed to Parke Edwards.
• A wooden pastel box with pastels. Pencil annotations on inside lid referring to “1 Month in Paris,” “Travelling [?] [sic] to Italy,” and “1 Month in odd places.”
All of the above items came from the estate of noted antiques dealer and Arts and Crafts specialist Robert Edwards who had a specific interest and expertise in Parke Edwards. The Winterthur Library has an excellent finding aid for Robert Edwards, Robert Edwards research and business papers.
Description: [American Artist Parke E. Edwards:] Iridescent Glass Roundel, c. 1920, probably made at Bryn Athyn.
[Probably Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, c.1920]. Iridescent glass roundel. Approx. 7¾ inches in diameter. Pontil mark. Near fine.
Note. 1. Winterthur Library, An Introduction to Resources, Arts and Crafts Movement accessed online. Ref. 1. Andreadis, Parke Edwards And Bryn Athyn Cathedral (1913-1929): A Case Study Of Monel Metalwork In Machine-Age America. (Thesis, 2012). 2. Robert Edwards, The Arts and Crafts Go to Work in Philadelphia 1976 1926 accessed online December 2014, from a presentation by Robert Edwards for the “2012 Initiatives in Art and Culture Arts and Crafts conference, ‘The Workshop of the World;’ The Arts and Crafts Movement in Philadelphia,” September 20–23, 2012.