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    Sale 2132

    Important American Silver

    23 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 37

    A SET OF FOUR SILVER-GILT SWEETMEAT DISHES DESIGNED BY PAULDING FARNHAM FOR THE 1900 PARIS AND 1901 BUFFALO EXPOSITIONS

    MARK OF TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, CIRCA 1900

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    A SET OF FOUR SILVER-GILT SWEETMEAT DISHES DESIGNED BY PAULDING FARNHAM FOR THE 1900 PARIS AND 1901 BUFFALO EXPOSITIONS
    MARK OF TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, CIRCA 1900
    Each oval on four fluted flaring supports, the sides and everted rim pierced with bellflowers and rosettes, with scrolling vine handle, the reverse engraved with initials M.C.T 1902, with glass liners, marked under bases, 13936/1285, also stamped with marks for the Paris and Buffalo Expositions
    7 1/8 in. long; 25 oz. (4)


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    Paulding Farnham designed these sweetmeat dishes as part of a grand silver-gilt dinner service in the Italian Renaissance style for the Paris Exposition of 1900. A pair of matching jardinières sold in these Rooms, 18 January 2007, lot 200. Other pieces of the service that sold in these Rooms include: a set of four candlesticks and a matching candelabrum on 18 June 1998, lot 59 and 4 June 1988, lot 14 and a coffee service on 19 May 2005, lot 23.

    The service was apparently retailed shortly after the Buffalo Exposition of 1901, as it was engraved with a monogram by Tiffany's in 1902. The candelabrum and the massive centerpiece from the service are illustrated in Janet Zapata, "The Rediscovery of Paulding Farnham, Tiffany's Designer Extraordinaire," The Magazine Antiques, April 1991, pp. 724-725, plates VIII and IX. Farnham was Art Director of Tiffany's and head of both the Jewelry and Silver Departments. He designed all of the silver and jewelry exhibited at the Paris Exposition of 1900.

    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 18 January 2007, lot 201