Butter Dish

Artist:Tiffany & Company

Medium: Silver

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Dimensions: 5 x 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (12.7 x 18.4 x 18.4 cm)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor


Accession Number: 2006.5a-c

Catalogue Description:
Silver butter dish, comprising base (a), lid (b), and drainer (c). Base (a) sits on pierced, die-rolled band with half-blossoms impressed on upper and lower edges and piercings of pointed oval shape diagonally set in band, alternating in diagonal directions. Above foot, shallow, dished body rises to broad, square tray with convex sides, bordered by a die-rolled band of interlocking striated triangles. On top of tray, surface is densely engraved with Y shapes, each outlined. On bottom, under maker's mark, small monogram "os." Lid (b) sits on circular depression in center of base. Lid has simple molded rim then convex sloping sides to a die-rolled band above; this die-rolled band is smaller than, but similar to, foot rim, but pointed ovals are solid instead of pierced and half-blossoms at upper edge have been replaced by Ys. Above this, the top of lid flattens and is covered by outlined Y engraving like that on lower section. Cast handle finial in shape of omega. Sloping sides of lied are engraved with Japanese-style ornament including a figure seen from behind carrying a parasol; a half disc with the profile of a grinning man; a man pulling a woman in a rickshaw cart. Between the cart and the figure with parasol is an engraved monogram "S." Pierced drainer (c) is slightly dished disc shape, pierced with petal forms radiating out from central circle. Condition: Old repair to juncture of body and tray on base.

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