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    Sale 2091

    Important American Silver

    17 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 105

    AN UNUSUAL SILVER-PLATED ENGRAVER'S PLAQUE

    SIGNED I. H. GARDNER, CIRCA 1876

    Price Realised  

    AN UNUSUAL SILVER-PLATED ENGRAVER'S PLAQUE
    SIGNED I. H. GARDNER, CIRCA 1876
    Rectangular, the plaque engraved with the 1876 Centennial Tiffany & Co. swan centerpiece and inscribed FRUIT DISH IN SILVER TIFFANY NY, surrounded by vignettes of Lady Liberty, an American Indian and a ship, with floral frieze border, engraved SCROLL BY I. H. GARDNER Watchmaker & Jeweler, within a wooden frame
    12 in. in frame


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    This advertising vehicle for the engraving skill of jeweler and watchmaker I.H. Gardner may be dated to 1876, as it depicts American Centennial imagery including Lady Liberty, an American Indian, and the Tiffany & Co. swan centerpiece. The centerpiece was exhibited to great acclaim at the Philadelphia exhibition, and is now in the collection of Rough Point, Newport, the residence of the late Doris Duke. The centerpiece is illustrated in John Loring, Magnificent Tiffany Silver, 2001, illus. pp. 130-131.