From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe Rospigliosi Cup, (so called from the noble Rospigliosi family) sometimes referred to as theCellini Cup, is a decorative ornament in gold and enamel, previously attributed to Benvenuto Cellini(1500–1571), but now known to be an art forgery, of nineteenth-century manufacture.
The Cup is believed to have been created by Reinhold Vasters, a German goldsmith who worked inAachen from 1853 to 1890. Vasters is now believed to be the sole author of many pieces that had previously been attributed as masterpieces of Renaissance jewellery.
So closely did Vasters' Rospigliosi Cup resemble Cellini’s style, it is unlikely that the truth about the forgery would ever have been known, if Vasters' preliminary sketches had not been found. Vasters was a highly skilled artisan, as well as a master of replicating another artist’s style precisely. It was not until the Rospigliosi Cup was taken apart that it became clear that the cup had been assembled in ways that were not available until Vasters' own time.
The Cup is now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.
Founded by Jerry N. Ashway. [Source]
Fine Arts Sterling Silver Co. was established in 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, selling patterns made by International Silver Co., and was moved to Morgantown, Pennsylvania in 1972.
Jerry Ashway passed away in 1973. Perhaps his son ran the company for a few more years.
After moving to Jenkintown, Pennsylvania in 1977, Fine Arts went of of business in 1979. [Source]
1957 - Filed with the SEC to sell stock:
FINE ARTS ACCEPTANCE FILES FINANCING PROPOSAL [link]
Fine Arts Acceptance Corporation, Philadelphia, filed a registration statement (File 2-13713) with the SEC on October 25, 1957, seeking registration of $525,000 of b~% Subordinated Sinking Fund Debentures (with non-detachable Common Stock Purchase Warrants), due November 1, 1977. The company proposes to offer the debentures (with warrants) for public sale at 95% of principal amount. The offering is to be made through Woodcock, Hess, Moyer & Co., Inc., Boenning & Co., Suplee, Yeatman, Mosley & Co., Inc., and Paul & Lynch, underwriters, who will receive a 7.5% commission. The company has also agreed to sell the underwriters, for $80, warrants to buy 8,000 common shares at $10 per share.
The company was organized in 1954 "to develop an organization geared to the special needs of purchasing and collecting on consumer receivables in the direct-to-the-home sales field. Although it intends to broaden out its activities over the years, until now its sole business has been purchaSing and collecting on consumer receivables purchased from Fine Arts Sterling Silver Company, of Philadelphia.
Net proceeds of this financing will be added to the general funds of the company and will be applied to the purchase of additional installment sales contracts. Any excess of cash not so immediately required may temporarily be used to reduce bank loans. President of the company is Winfield C. Cook, one of its promoters.
"MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY HAWAII - operating International now have opening for a single man 21-35, qualified to accept an excellent management opportunity to build a group in Hawaii. Salary, commissions and expenses. Write directly to Jerry N Ashway, President Fine Arts International Jenkintown Penn "
In 1950, Jerry N. Ashway filed for a design patent on this cute elephant shaped child's dish.
"Be it known that I, Jerry N. Ashway, a citizen of the United States, residing at Baederwood, Jenkintown, in the county of Montgomery, and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new, original, and ornamental Design for a Child's Compartmented Dining Tray, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part thereof." [Link]Click the photos to enlarge.
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