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Pitcher Pitcher

This is a pitcher. It was manufactured by Tiffany & Co.. It is dated 1877–1885 and we acquired it in 1926. Its medium is silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Edward C. Moore, head of the Tiffany & Co. silver department, encouraged the creation of metalwares inspired by Islamic arts and design, which he collected. This Persian-style pitcher reflects Moore’s influence and represents the late nineteenth-century American fascination with Middle and Far Eastern cultures. Its detailed repoussé work, created by hammering the silver out from within, was often found in Tiffany works around this time, though the overall decoration is unusual.

This object was bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane. It is credited Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.

  • Teapot (USA)
  • silver, ivory.
  • Gift of John V. Rowan, Jr. in memory of Winifred D. Shrubsole (Mrs. Eric N.....
  • 1991-63-1

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Jug (England)
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of David Schafer.
  • 1986-42-2
  • Ewer (Iran)
  • glass.
  • Gift of Rodman Wanamaker.
  • 1919-24-93

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 19.8 × 21 × 14.6 cm (7 13/16 × 8 1/4 × 5 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside of pitcher: [1] "TIFFANY & Co. / Makers / Sterling Silver / 925-1000”, impressed (manufacturer’s mark) [2] “4706 9780””, impressed (model number) [2] “M”, impressed

Cite this object as

Pitcher Pitcher; Manufactured by Tiffany and Co. (United States); USA; silver; H x W x D: 19.8 × 21 × 14.6 cm (7 13/16 × 8 1/4 × 5 3/4 in.); Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane; 1926-37-238

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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