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Loving cup

Object Number: 
1986.16
Date: 
1902-1907
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 x 14 1/4 in. ( 38.1 x 36.2 cm )
Marks: 
Mark: stamped on the base: "TIFFANY & CO./ 14194B MAKERS 2244/ STERLING SILVER/ 925-1000/ C./ 184/ 35/ 28 PINTS" Inscription: engraved on the front: "PRESENTED TO/ THE MAYOR/ BY/ A COMMITTEE OF HIS FELLOW-CITIZENS/ IN THE ALDERMANIC CHAMBER/ OF THE CITY
Description: 
Wrought silver loving cup in the Art Nouveau style; squat, lobed globular lower body tapering in at the top and bulging out at the bottm of the upper half; incurved upper body flaring to an applied, molded lip; lower body engraved and chased alover with flowers, leaves and foliate scrolls; three hollow cast loop handles with foliate grips and feathered foliate scroll joints are applied to the body; seated on a circular pedestal with a die rolled foliate flange, cast, applied foliate scroll decoration around the edge and three hollow cast paw feet applied to the base; engraved between two handles on the front, "PRESENTED TO/ THE MAYOR/ BY/ A COMMITTEE OF HIS FELLOW-CITIZENS/ IN THE ALDERMANIC CHAMBER/ OF THE CITY HALL/ ON AUGUST NINTH, 1911/ being the anniversary of the/ Mayor's providential preservation in the attack/ made upon his life/ as a tribute of respect, confidence and affection/ and to bear testimony to the hope that/ with health and strength his life may be prolonged/ for many years of continued usefulness/ in the public service" in block letters; engraved on the side, "HONORABLE/ WILLIAM J. GAYNOR/ MAYOR/ OF THE/ CITY OF NEW YORK" in block letters; engraved on the third side with the seal of the city of New York, shield divided by four windmill blades with cider kegs and beavers between, shield between a man holding a weight and a Native American, all surmounted by an eagle perched on a globe; makers' marks stamped on the base.
Gallery Label: 
William J. Gaynor (1849-1913) served as mayor of New York City from 1909-1913. In August 1910, a discharged city employee attempted to assassinate the mayor on the deck of an ocean liner as he was about to embark for Europe. The bullet entered near his throat and was never extracted. During his recovery, the normally cantankerous mayor was said to show extreme patience and fortitude. This cup was presented to him by a committee of aldermen on the first anniversary of the assassination attempt.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
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Creative: Tronvig Group