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Vase (USA), ca. 1890

This is a Vase. It was produced by Tiffany and Co., New York. It is dated ca. 1890 and we acquired it in 1976. Its medium is silver, gold, copper, and mixed metals ("mokume" technique). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Exhibited by Tiffany & Co. at the Paris International Exposition of 1889, this vase represents a rare example of the mokumé technique of mixing metals to look like marbling or wood graining. Developed centuries before in Japan, this difficult technique was mastered by metalsmiths at Tiffany & Co. for use in decorative tablewares.

This object was donated by Mrs. M. Allison Coudert. It is credited Gift of the daughters of Louis deBébian Moore.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Brooch, ca. 1985
  • gold, silver, copper, nickel silver (argentan).
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-82

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 50.2 x 23.5 cm (19 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

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Vase (USA), ca. 1890; Produced by Tiffany and Co. (United States); silver, gold, copper, and mixed metals ("mokume" technique); H x diam.: 50.2 x 23.5 cm (19 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.); Gift of the daughters of Louis deBébian Moore; 1976-58-1-a/f

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Passion for the Exotic: Japonism and Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest.

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