A Large American Silver and Mokume Bowl

A Large American Silver and Mokume Bowl

New York, N.Y., 1879-1880 by Tiffany & Co.
$95,000

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Description

A very fine and large piece, incorporating unusually large bands of mokume, with undulating rim and acid-etched foliate decoration to bowl.<br /><br />

Mokume, a Japanese metalworking term referring to wood grain, is the process of repeatedly folding a stack of thin sheets of various alloys, then slicing the resulting slab to create a mesmerizing and intricate pattern. Tiffany silversmiths learned this advanced technique from Japanese smiths, and it's even speculated that some Japanese metalworkers may have been employed in Tiffany's New York studios.<br /><br />

The two mokume elements on this bowl are among the largest specimens we know of in any work by Tiffany.

Dimensions

Size Height: 8 in. (20.32 cm.) Diameter: 11 in.
Weight 56 oz.
Stock No V9779

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