George III Centerpiece


Tiffany & Company ( American, 1837 )

Attributed to

George Paulding Farnham ( American, 1859 - 1927 )

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General Description

Displayed as the focus of the Tiffany & Co. exhibit at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris, this lavish centerpiece was part of a service containing more than two hundred works in a related pattern. At the time of the exposition, critics wrote of the George III centerpiece as an example of pure silversmithing in its highest state. The centerpiece is the work of Tiffany's most renowned designer, George Paulding Farnham, who was responsible for the firm's silverware and jewelry designs, often drawing upon his expertise in the latter to produce intricately detailed and opulent objects for expositions at the turn of the century.

Excerpt from

Bonnie Pitman, ed. "George III centerpiece" in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 220.