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Rebecca Cauman's studio, 1924
516 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA
United States

This covered bowl was created by Rebecca Cauman, c. 1927, and exhibited at the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts Tricennial Exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 1 - 20, 1927. Cauman was born in Massachusetts in 1882 into a family that had recently immigrated from Poland. She was educated at the Massachusetts College of Art and at the Rhode Island School of Design. Records indicate she was elected a Craftsman to the Boston Society in 1921 and promoted as master in 1924., with a studio at 516 Atlantic Avenue in Boston. Masters represented the highest level of craftsmanship at the society. She produced covered vessels in metal, what were then often referred to as “bonbon dishes.” In 1927 her work was included in the "Exposition of Art in Trade" in New York City, and in 1928 she and her sister Josephine opened a retail shop on New York's Madison Avenue that prospered until the 1940s. Her work was shown at the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and the 1937 Paris Exposition. In articles about expositions of the crafts guild in the New York Times in 1938 and 1941 her work is singled out for special notice. According to Ark Antiques, "in her middle years her hands became quite arthritic so that she was unable to continue metalsmithing." From that point, according to other sources, she made just the covers for glass and ceramic containers produced by others. She is listed in both the New York Society of Craftsman and the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston.

You can read more about Cauman's life and see examples of her creations at this page on "Handwrought Metalwork from the American Arts & Crafts Movement

Cauman may have been introduced to crafts by a program in Boston’s North End called the “Saturday Night Girls.”

For more about Jewish immigrants at that time in Boston, one can also read Mary Antin's autobiographical writings, or stories and novels by another contemporary New York woman, Anzia Yezierska.

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Ari Davidow

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