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Pitcher

Object Number: 
1983.7
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
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)
Marks: 
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
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Presented in memory of Cruger Delafield Grosbeck Fowler by Mrs. Crueger D. G. Fowler and Family
Provenance: 
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group