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Tiffany & Co Aesthetic Movement Sterling Silver Cream and Sugar Set

$2,750per set

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Antique Tiffany & Co Aesthetic Movement sterling silver cream and sugar. This striking 19th century matched cream and sugar set was made by renowned jeweler and silversmith, Tiffany & Company. Tiffany was founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young and the company quickly established a reputation for fine design and exacting manufacturing standards. According to company literature, "By 1870 Tiffany & Co. had become the America's premier silversmith and purveyor of jewels and timepieces.". This circa 1870 Tiffany cream and sugar set dates to the period when Tiffany's was headquartered in New York City's Union Square and its new in-house silver manufacturing department was operating under the leadership of Edward Chandler Moore. A world traveler, Moore was strongly influenced by the art and architecture of the near and Far East and was responsible for incorporating those motifs in Tiffany's silver designs of the period. Moore's exotic designs meshed with the ideals of Aesthetic Movement which celebrated "Art for art's sake", resulting in opulent designs like the one exemplified by this ornate cream and sugar set. The cream and sugar have a satin finish and have been decorated with a series of applied flowers and swags. The pieces have been further embellished with finely chased details with an effect that resembles draped fabric. The handles of the cream and sugar are angled, echoing the line found in the body of the pieces. The sugar bowl is topped with a domed lid bearing the same applied floral decoration found on the body of the pieces along with chased curtain and tassel-like designs. The sugar bowl's lid is topped with a finial which has a stylized Islamic Fleur-de-lis design. The cream and sugar are fully hallmarked with period Tiffany marks reading "TIFFANY & CO" in an arch along with the location of the company, "UNION SQUARE." The pattern number "1513" and company order number "148" are also stamped on the pieces, along with the partially legible rubbed mark "QUALITY 925" "1000" designating silver content. The cream and sugar also bear the old English script "M" initial mark used by Tiffany from 1854-1870. The cream and sugar are in very good antique condition with no removals or repairs. The pieces shows minor signs of use commensurate with their age, including slight waviness present on the ring which makes up the pedestal foot of the sugar bowl as well as on the interior lip of the sugar's lid. The lower portion of the sugar bowl's body also has two minor dimples. As seen in the accompanying photos, these issues do not detract from the appearance of the pieces and are mentioned for accuracy. The creamer stands 2.875" tall to top of the handle and is 4.625" from the tip of spout to the back edge of the handle. The foot measures 1.875" in diameter. The sugar bowl stands 4.5" tall to top of the finial when the lid is in place while the body itself is 2.5" tall as measured to the top edge of the handle. The piece measures 5.125" from the opposite edges of the handles. The mouth of the sugar bowl is 3" in diameter and the foot is 2" in diameter. The pieces have a combined weight of 15.980 OZT or 1lb 1.5oz. This rare cream and sugar set is a wonderful example of Tiffany craftsmanship at its best and would be a great addition to a collection of Fine silver. An elegant and useful decorative accent sure to be noticed wherever it is displayed.

Details

  • Creator
    Tiffany & Co. (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)Width: 5.125 in. (13.02 cm)Depth: 3 in. (7.62 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Aesthetic Movement (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 1126023061stDibs: LU119121768512

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    Ships From: Cincinnati, OH
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About Tiffany & Co. (Designer)

Tiffany & Co. is one of the most prominent purveyors of luxury goods in the United States, and has long been an important arbiter of style in the design of diamond engagement rings. A young Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed to his future wife, Eleanor, with a Tiffany ring in 1904. Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Astors and members of the Russian imperial family all wore Tiffany & Co. jewels. And Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis preferred Tiffany china for state dinners at the White House.


Although synonymous with luxury today, the firm started out rather modestly. Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young founded it in Connecticut as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” in 1837, at a time when European imports still dominated the nascent American luxury market. In 1853, Charles Tiffany — who in 1845 had launched the company’s famed catalog, the Blue Book, and with it, the firm’s signature robin’s-egg blue, which he chose for the cover — shifted the focus to fine jewelry. In 1868, Tiffany & Co. gained international recognition when it became the first U.S. firm to win an award for excellence in silverware at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. From then on, it belonged to the pantheon of American luxury brands.


At the start of the Gilded Age, in 1870, Tiffany & Co. opened its flagship store, described as a "palace of jewels" by the New York Times, at 15 Union Square West in Manhattan. Throughout this period, its designs for silver tableware, ceremonial silver, flatware and jewelry were highly sought-after indicators of status and taste. They also won the firm numerous accolades, including the grand prize for silverware at the Paris Exposition of 1878. Among the firm’s glittering creations from this time are masterworks of Art Nouveau jewelry, such as this delicate aquamarine necklace and this lavish plique-à-jour peridot and gold necklace, both circa 1900.


When Charles Lewis Tiffany died, in 1902, his son Louis Comfort Tiffany became the firm’s design director. Under his leadership, the Tiffany silver studio was a de facto design school for apprentice silversmiths, who worked alongside head artisan Edward C. Moore. The firm produced distinctive objects inspired by Japanese art and design, North American plants and flowers, and Native American patterns and crafts, adding aesthetic diversity to Tiffany & Co.’s distinguished repertoire.


Tiffany is also closely associated with diamonds, even lending its name to one particularly rare and exceptional yellow stone. The firm bought the Tiffany diamond in its raw state from the Kimberley mines of South Africa in 1878. Cut to create a 128.54-carat gem with an unprecedented 82 facets, it is one of the most spectacular examples of a yellow diamond in the world. In a broader sense, Tiffany & Co. helped put diamonds on the map in 1886 by introducing the American marketplace to the solitaire diamond design, which is still among the most popular engagement-ring styles. The trademark Tiffany® Setting raises the stone above the band on six prongs, allowing its facets to catch the light. A lovely recent example is this circa-2000 platinum engagement ring. Displaying a different design and aesthetic (but equally chic) is this exquisite diamond and ruby ring from the 1930s.

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