Pitcher, ca. 1893

  • Tiffany and Company, American, established 1837

Sterling silver, spun and cast; decoration die-rolled, embossed (repousse) and chased

  • Framed: Overall: 17 3/4 × 7 9/16 × 9 5/8 inches (45.1 × 19.2 × 24.4 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Theron Van Dusen in memory of Charles Theron Van Dusen

1984.6

Department

American Art before 1950

  • Aesthetic movement
  • Sterling silver
  • Tableware
  • Cast
  • Embossed
  • Chased
  • Spun (metalworking)
  • Vessel
  • Pitcher
  • Pitcher
  • New york

During the late nineteenth century, Tiffany and Company established itself as an innovative producer of jewelry and silverware, including many refined pieces that reflect the ideals of the Aesthetic Movement. This stunning ewer was inspired by both Classical Roman sources—note the head of Bacchus applied beneath the spout and the frieze of dancing cherubs and satyrs—and by natural forms. There are only three known examples of this design, one of which was made for exhibition at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Marks, on bottom: TIFFANY & CO. | 6464 MAKERS 564 (?) O | STERLNG SILVER | T | 10 1/2 PINTS

Monogram, on shoulder: E B H

Provenance

1984-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report (1984): p. 7 (fig. 5).

Rights Status

Tiffany and Company, Pitcher, ca. 1893, sterling silver, spun and cast; decoration die-rolled, embossed (repousse) and chased. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Theron Van Dusen in memory of Charles Theron Van Dusen, 1984.6.