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Vase

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
These silver objects, superb examples of the American Aesthetic Movement style, incorporate gold, copper, and brass details. This "mixed-metal" technique is borrowed directly from nineteenth-century Japanese metalwork. European guilds had guidelines prohibiting silversmiths from adding other metals onto silver. Here there were no such restrictions, so American silver makers specialized in the technique beginning in the 1870s.
MEDIUM Silver, brass, copper
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES ca. 1874
    DIMENSIONS height: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); diameter of top: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); diameter of base: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Stamped on bottom: "TIFFANY & Co / 2991 MAKERS 9295 / STERLING SILVER 925-1000 / M" Scratched on bottom: "103 27/05" Stamped on rim: "ET"
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 82.18
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Edward C Moore (American, 1827-1892). Vase, ca. 1874. Silver, brass, copper, height: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); diameter of top: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); diameter of base: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 82.18. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.18_transp2750.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 82.18_transp2750.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Cylindrical with applied, faux-bamboo rim at top, and applied stamped band at bottom with pattern of densely-woven lines in an oriental manner and bordered with simple rim. Cylinder is hammered all over to give effect of water. On front of vase, near top, is a spider cast and applied, with body of gold and legs and head of copper. He sits in an engraved spider's web. Below, to right of spider, is a cast, applied dragonfly, body of copper, and wings of silver. On back of vase are cast and applied leaves of silver, stems of copper. Cylinder, attached to base, in form of a Chinese carved wooden stand with three legs. Base is densely patterned with engraved diaper-work, applied squiggly lines, pierced petals connected by pierced dots, and pierced characters in the shape of Y's. All piercings are outlined by applied borders. In angles of the Y's are sunburst designs. Three feet are of bracket form, scrolled on outer edges, and with squiggly-line decoration. In center of each leg is a three-lobed pierced area. Each leg rests on a double pad foot. Condition: Good; minor scratches, minor rubbing to applied decoration.
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    Edward C Moore (American, 1827-1892). <em>Vase</em>, ca. 1874. Silver, brass, copper, height: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); diameter of top: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); diameter of base: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 82.18. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.18_transp2750.jpg)

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