A Set of Ten Antique American Silver Cups and Saucers from the MacKay Service

A Set of Ten Antique American Silver Cups and Saucers from the MacKay Service

New York, c. 1878 by Tiffany & Co.
$125,000

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Description

Also available as a pair for $25,000--we understand tea for ten can be unwieldy.<br /><br />

Probably the most aesthetically satisfying part of the Mackay service, these cups were almost certainly designed by Tiffany's great director of design Edward C. Moore. Moore was a collector of near-Eastern and Japanese art, and the influence of the former can be clearly seen in these cups.<br /><br />

Designed for John William Mackay and his wife, Mary Hungerford Mackay, the cups were part of a colossal service commissioned from Tiffany in the 1880s. These pieces appear in Tiffany's ledgers as "Coffee Cups & Saucers Enamelled"; the cost to manufacture one cup and saucer is listed as "109.90 less 10%" or $98.90. They've gone up.

Dimensions

Size Height: 2.25 in. (5.71 cm.) Diameter: 4 in. (10.16 cm.)
Weight 64 oz.
Stock No V9379

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