This silver footed bowl was owned by Frances Frey of Grand Rapids, Michigan and is an example of a traditional centerpiece used on the table for everyday dining or as a special banquet piece. The family has contributed other everyday items to the Museum's Permanent Collection (see related objects).
The bottom is marked "Chippendale International Silver Company 6398"
Frances Taliaferro Frey Frances Taliaferro Frey attended East Grand Rapids High School before transferring to Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. She graduated from the school in 1930. She later attended Northwestern University and Grand Rapids Junior College, although she did not graduate due to responsibilities at home. In her October 17, 1989 obituary, she was described as outgoing and devoted to family. Frey's husband, Edward, built Union Bank and Trust Co. into one of the largest financial institutions in West Michigan and launched an entire industry with the founding of Foremost Insurance Co. Union Bank was founded in 1918 by Frey's father, John, and was sold in 1986 to NBD Bancorp Inc. and renamed NBD Grand Rapids.
Frey was a member of the Junior League, St. Margaret's Guild, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the Child Guidance Clinic, the Junior Board of Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, the East Grand Rapids PTS, the Kent County Club and the Peninsular Club. She was a supporter of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Civic Theater, United Way, Grand Rapids Zoo and a number of other organizations. Edward and Frances Frey established their foundation The Frey Foundation in 1974 out of a deep love of community and their commitment to philanthropy.