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"Saracenic" Coffee Pot and Sugar Bowl

A work made of silver and silver gilt.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver and silver gilt.




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

About this artwork

This coffee pot, with its spherical base, narrow neck, and elongated spout, is based on Islamic vessels. Tiffany and Company first incorporated Islamic elements into their wares at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1867. Edward C. Moore, the chief silver designer, drew inspiration from his own collection of Middle Eastern art objects and design books, appropriating such elements as thin, sinuous forms and intricate, repeating patterns. The undersides of these objects are engraved Florence Pullman, a Chicagoan who was the daughter of George Pullman of the Pullman Car Company, which was famous for labor strikes by workers and the formation of the first African American labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.


On View, Gallery 273


Arts of the Americas


Tiffany and Company


"Saracenic" Coffee Pot and Sugar Bowl


New York City (Object made in)




Silver and silver gilt


Both engraved at base: "Florence Pullman"


Coffee Pot: 23.5 × 16.1 × 8.5 cm (9 1/4 × 6 3/4 × 3 3/4 in.); Sugar Bowl 6.6 × 9.8 × 10.1 cm (2 5/8 × 3 7/8 × 4 7/8 in.)

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Mary Swissler Oldberg Fund

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