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A FINE SILVER-GILT EXPOSITION COFFEE SERVICE
PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK COLLECTOR
A FINE SILVER-GILT EXPOSITION COFFEE SERVICE

MARK OF TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1900-1907

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A FINE SILVER-GILT EXPOSITION COFFEE SERVICE
MARK OF TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1900-1907
Comprising twenty-four coffee cups and saucers, a two-handled sugar bowl and cream jug; each on four shell and scroll feet, the lower body chased and applied with stylized foliate vertical bands against a matted ground, with leaf-capped scroll and floral handle, with eighteen fitted cream colored porcelain liners, mark of Lenox for Tiffany & Co., each interior with gilt strapwork border with blue flowers, the exterior with a band of blue flowers; the saucers shaped circular, the border chased with palmettes and flowers; the jug and sugar bowl with conforming feet and handles, the bodies fluted; and four coffee spoons, Florentine pattern; each marked on reverse, nineteen cups 1891-1902, twelve with Paris and Buffalo exposition stamp, five 1902-1907, the cream jug and sugar bowl 1891-1902, with Paris and Buffalo exposition marks, eighteen saucers 1891-1902, twelve with Paris and Buffalo exposition mark, six 1902-1907; the spoons marked on reverse
The saucers 4 in. diameter; 118 oz. 10 dwt. (30)

Lot Essay

Paulding Farnham designed this coffee service as part of a grand silver-gilt dessert service in the Italian Renaissance style for the Paris Exposition of 1900. As design director, Farnham was responsible for all the jewelry and the eclectic range of silver at the fair. This coffee service was also exhibited the following year at the Buffalo Exposition of 1901. A candelabrum and a set of four candlesticks from this service sold in these Rooms, 4 June 1988, lot 14 and 18 June 1998, lot 59. This service is discussed in Janet Zapata, "The Rediscovery of Paulding Farnham, Tiffany's Designer Extraordinaire", The Magazine Antiques, April 1991, pp. 724-25, plates VIII and IX.

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