During the late nineteenth century, Tiffany and Company established itself as an innovative producer of jewelry and silverware, including many refined pieces that reflect the ideals of the Aesthetic Movement. This stunning ewer was inspired by both Classical Roman sources—note
the head of Bacchus applied beneath the spout and the frieze of dancing cherubs and satyrs—and by natural forms. There are only three known examples of this design, one of which was made for exhibition at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.
Artist Tiffany and Company, American, established 1837
Title
  • Pitcher
Date ca. 1893
Medium sterling silver, spun and cast; decoration die-rolled, embossed (repousse) and chased
Dimensions Overall: 17 3/4 × 7 9/16 × 9 5/8 inches (45.1 × 19.2 × 24.4 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Theron Van Dusen in memory of Charles Theron Van Dusen
Accession Number 1984.6
Department American Art before 1950
Not On View
Marks Marks, on bottom: TIFFANY & CO. | 6464 MAKERS 564 (?) O | STERLNG SILVER | T | 10 1/2 PINTS
Inscriptions Monogram, on shoulder: E B H
1984-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report (1984): p. 7 (fig. 5).