Partial tea service

Object Number: 
1982.59-60
Date: 
ca. 1878
Medium: 
Silver, copper, ivory, jade
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/8 x 7 1/2 x 3 5/8 in. (13 x 19.1 x 9.2 cm)
Marks: 
Inscription: engraved on teapot handle and creamer body: "A. W. R." in block letters below a bishop's miter Mark: on base of teapot: "TIFFANY & Co./ 5048 M 892/ STERLING SILVER/ -AND-/ OTHER METALS/ 741" Mark: on base of creamer: " TIFFANY & Co./ 5048
Description: 
Seamed and wrought partial silver tea service in the Japanese style consisting of a teapot and creamer; square bodies with slightly curved sides; silver, gold and copper mounts; vines with leaves meander around the bodies with copper gourds hanging from them; gold butterflies, a copper and gold dragonflies and copper butterflies are also applied; carved, split peach jade finial on the teapot; teapot handle and center of the creamer body engraved with a bishops miter (unidentified family crest,) and the initials, "A. W. R." in block letters; makers' marks on the bases.
Gallery Label: 
The design of the creamer is identical to the 1872 "Vine" flatware pattern made by Tiffany & Co. A similar piece is in the collection of the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Robert G. Goelet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group