About this artwork
By the time this elegant pitcher was produced, Tiffany & Company had become one of the largest and most accomplished silver manufacturers in the world. Likely conceived by the company’s chief designer, Edward C. Moore, the vessel reflects the late nineteenth-century fascination with Japan, a nation that had resumed full trade with the outside world just two decades earlier. Moore formed one of the earliest collections of Japanese art in the United States; here he emulated motifs found in Japanese woodblock prints and the multiple metals and hammered surfaces used in Japanese metalwork. Company records show that several dozen versions of this object were made during the 1870s and 1880s and sold as far away as Russia. An identical version received widespread acclaim when it was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878, where Moore received a gold medal and the company’s founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. The London Spectator lamented, “We confess we were surprised and ashamed to find that a New York firm, Tiffany & Co., had beaten the old country and the old world in domestic silver plate.”
- 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