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    Sale 2091

    Important American Silver

    17 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 57

    AN IMPORTANT SILVER AND ENAMEL TEAPOT**

    DESIGNED BY EDWARD C. MOORE, MARK OF TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1889-1891

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    AN IMPORTANT SILVER AND ENAMEL TEAPOT**
    DESIGNED BY EDWARD C. MOORE, MARK OF TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1889-1891
    In Saracenic taste; dome-shaped on a circular foot, the body etched with arabesques and inlaid with shaded matte-finished enamel roundels and pales in shades of buff, pink, pale blue, pale green and red, the curved handle with similar decoration and carved ivory insulators, with upswept openwork rim, the hinged domed cover with similar decoration and ivory crescent finial, the base engraved with monogram MM, marked under base, also marked 10156/8426
    5¾ in. high; 12 oz. gross weight


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    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.

    Special Notice

    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 PERSONAL COLLECTION OF AMERICAN AESTHETIC MOVEMENT SILVER


    Literature

    John Loring, Magnificent Tiffany Silver, 2001, p. 66, illus. 67.