Overall: 9 7/8 x 7 x 8 5/8 in. ( 25.1 x 17.8 x 21.9 cm ) Silver Weight: 32 oz (troy) (996 g)
Inscription: engraved in the cartouche: "K S C H" in script Mark: stamped on the base: "TIFFANY, YOUNG & ELLIS" in roman letters Mark: Scratch weights and marks also incised at bottom, including "32/10" and "115" Engraving: Pitcher has repousse, chased
Wrought silver chinoiserie pitcher; pear-shaped body on a molded, circular foot; fluted neck with an applied, scalloped rope rim and engraved acanthus leaves over the flutes; s-curve handle with an all over hand-stamped snake-skin ground with applied Asian vines and flowers; applied, cast sea shell spout with foliate scrolls along the joint; all over repoussé chased chinoiserie landscape with a bridge, a garden, foliage, birds, buildings, three figures and cartouches at the front and the back with the front engraved, "K C D H" in script; maker's mark stamped on the base.
As one of New York's earliest luxury retailers, Tiffany, Young & Ellis offered patrons a wide assortment of stylish table silver. This water pitcher is an example of the firm's Asian-inspired silver, sold beginning about 1850. The techniques used to construct this pitcher's hand-raised body and elaborately hand-chased decoration became increasingly uncommon after the 1850s, when such work was reserved for only the finest and most costly custom-made silver. The scheme of a Chinese landscape on a textured, pebbled background recalls eighteenth-century Rococo Chinoiserie but also anticipates the revival of Chinese, Japanese, and Middle Eastern forms and ornament by American artists and craftsmen after the Civil War.
Presented in memory of Cruger Delafield Grosbeck Fowler by Mrs. Crueger D. G. Fowler and Family
Possible descent from Katherine C. Delafield Hall (1879-1920), who married William Slocum Groesbeck Fowler (b. 1877); to their son Cruger D. G. Fowler (1911-1983), who married (2nd) Ethyl Haworth (Mrs. Cruger Delafield Grosbeck Fowler, 1912-1984), the donor.
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