Edward C. Moore's "Saracenic" designs using shaded and matte-finished enamels were launched at the Paris Exposition of 1889. A tea service in this manner, also with carved ivory finials, is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated in 19th Century America: Furniture and Other Decorative Arts, 1970, cat. no. 230. The enamelled wares were extremely well received at the Paris fair and contributed to Tiffany's winning the Grand Prize for Silverware and Edward Moore becoming a chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur that year. John T. Curran, Moore's collaborator on many of the designs for the enamel patterns, continued to work in the Saracenic style after Moore's death in 1891, exhibiting several related works at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago (see John Loring, Magnificent Tiffany Silver,, 2001, pp. 64-73 for similar enamel designs by Moore, and pp. 192-193 for designs by Curran).
A coffee pot with similar enamel decoration sold in these Rooms, January 21, 2000, lot 259. Another example sold at Sotheby's New York, January 15, 1999, lot 66.