Pitcher

Shiny silver pitcher with pond design featuring reeds, dragonfly
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1878

Artist:

Design attributed to Edward C. Moore
American, 1827–1891
Tiffany and Company
American, founded 1837
New York

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

Tiffany and Company

Title

Pitcher

Origin

New York City

Date

1878

Medium

Silver, gold, and copper

Inscriptions

Marked on bottom: "TIFFANY & CO./ 5051 MAKERS 9267/ STERLING SILVER/ AND / OTHER METALS / 144"

Dimensions

20.3 × 12.7 × 15.2 cm (8 7/8 × 5 1/4 × 6 7/8 in.); 1171.7 g

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Frank L. Sulzberger

Reference Number

1984.240

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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