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    Sale 2004

    Important English, Continental and American Silver

    22 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 247

    AN AMERICAN SILVER AND ENAMEL COFFEE POT FROM THE WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION OF 1893**

    MARK OF TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1893

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    AN AMERICAN SILVER AND ENAMEL COFFEE POT FROM THE WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION OF 1893**
    MARK OF TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1893
    Flaring cylindrical on a spreading circular foot, the body etched with Islamic-style arabesques, partly inlaid with champlevé shaded enamel in shades of buff, pale blue, pale green and red, pink and purple, the curved handle with similar decoration and carved ivory insulators, the hinged domed cover with similar decoration and green hardstone finial, marked under base, also marked 9930T3009, and marked with Columbian exposition mark, in wood case
    9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) high; 20 oz. (570 gr.) gross weight


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    This black "after-dinner" coffee pot was one of eight exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1893, all with varying design motifs and shades of "...dull enamels with effaced colors, its deaf harmony seeming to suit the subdued tone of oxidized silver." The ornate decoration on such an ordinary object transfixed one viewer, causing him to wonder "...whether the aroma of the coffee does not exhaust itself in so handsome a coffee-pot." (see John Loring, Magnificent Tiffany Silver, 2001, p. 193.) Another pot sold in these Rooms, 21 January 2000, lot 259.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN COLLECTION


    Literature

    John M. Blades and John Loring, Tiffany at the World's Columbian Exposition, 2006, p. 126