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.