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Tea Set, 1888

This is a Tea set. It was manufactured by Dominick and Haff, New York and retailed by Bailey, Banks and Biddle. It is dated 1888 and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is cast, chased, repoussé silver, ivory. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Dominick and Haff, whose output and originality competed with Tiffany & Co. and Gorham in its day, also embraced Japanese aesthetics. A dense pattern of vines, leaves, berries, and butterflies in high relief envelops this tea service. Each piece of the set takes the basic form of a cube which is a geometry drawn from Japanese examples.

This object was donated by Mrs. Norris W. Harkness. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Norris W. Harkness.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (kettle): 30.5 × 23.5 × 19 cm (12 in. × 9 1/4 in. × 7 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped in block caps on underside: Bailey Banks and Biddle, Sterling, 88, maker's mark of lozenges and circle with date 88

It is inscribed

On underside of kettle: family crest of rampant stag head with arrow above a gothic "N"

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.

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