Silver, bronze (niello), copper, ivory, gold
Overall: 4 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 3 1/4 in. ( 10.8 x 13 x 8.3 cm )
Silver Weight, ivory and other metals: 12 oz (troy) 8 dwt (
engraved: on base: "M I M" in script
stamped: on base: "TIFFANY & Co/ 6019 M 2104/ STERLING SILVER/ -AND-/ OTHER METALS"
Wrought and seamed silver tea caddy in the Japanese style using the mokume technique; rectangular body formed with convex sides and concave top and base; surface covered with a marbleized brass and copper alloy, resembling burled wood; vertically applied, plain rim; gilt interior; flat silver interior lid with engraved and chased lotus leaf and floral decoration and a small knob finial applied in the sunken center; outer lid is slightly domed with chased and engraved entwined floral decoration on the top and a Greek-key band around the sides; carved ivory finial is a Japanese netsuke in the form of a dog; concave base engraved, "M I M" in script; makers' marks on the base.
Gift of Mr. Robert G. Goelet
Descent unknown; purchased by Robert G. Goelet from the Lyndhurst Corporation, New York, New York, in 1982.
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