Tiffany & Company ( American, 1837 )

c. 1877–1885
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General Description

This vase is part of a series Tiffany's produced using silver appliqués on a nonprecious metal body. Records indicate that the outer surface of this example is of rusted steel. Another version was of copper. On the back side are silver appliquéd polonia leaves and geometric cutouts. Except for the monogram, all the decoration is based on Japanese sources. The cylindrical form is copied from imported Japanese brushholders.

Excerpt from

Charles L. Venable, Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York, New York; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 344.

Web Resources

Metropolitan Museum of Art
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