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Sale Price: Sold   Stock #BM929

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Rare Tiffany Japonesque Hand-Hammered Silver & Mixed Metal Tea Set
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Sale Price: Sold


Japonesque sterling silver and mixed metal tea set. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, ca 1878. This set comprises teapot, creamer, and sugar.

Teapot has stationary handle with split front bracket mount. Creamer has pierced scroll handle wit split mount. Sugar has pierced bracket handles with scroll mounts. Teapot and sugar have inset cover with copper finial on fluted mount.

All pieces have visible hand-hammering heightened with mokume and applied ornament, including hovering and darting insects (butterflies, beetle, and dragon fly). Teapot has leafing branches with gourds. Sugar has blossoming prunus branch. Creamer has water grasses, lily pad, bamboo stalks, and flowers.

A wonderful example of the Asian influence on Tiffany in the 1870s and '80s.

Each piece hallmarked with pattern no. 5046, order no. 9803, and phrase “sterling silver and other metals”. French import marks - possible proof of exhibition at the Paris world's fair (Exposition Universelle) in 1878. Certainly, exhibition quality in fine condition.

Dimensions: Teapot: H 6 1/2 x W 8 x D 5 3/8 in. Creamer: H 2 1/8 x W 5 1/2 x D 3 3/4 in. Sugar: H 2 3/4 x W 6 1/2 x D 4 7/8 in. Total weight: 36.6 troy ounces. #BM929