About this artwork
An asymmetrical water scene, realized through a combination of hammering, engraving, and applied metal elements, wraps around the body of this pitcher. The vignette was almost certainly inspired by the work of Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese artist known for his dynamic woodblock prints of the natural world. Tiffany and Company’s design library included three volumes of Hokusai’s work, many featuring the same graceful irises, enlivened dragonflies, and splashing carp visible on this pitcher.
- Tiffany and Company
- New York City
- Silver, gold, and copper
- Marked on bottom: TIFFANY & CO. / 5051 MAKERS 9267 / STERLING SILVER / AND / OTHER METALS / 144
- 20.3 × 12.7 × 15.2 cm (8 7/8 × 5 1/4 × 6 7/8 in.); 1171.7 g
- Restricted gift of Mrs. Frank L. Sulzberger