An American Silver and Mixed-Metals Beer Jug
Among Tiffany's mixed-metal works of the 1870s and 80s, jugs with this profile were one of the most popular and successful. The addition of a shaped and decorated cover makes this example especially interesting and uncommon--presumably this was for beer. A pitcher of similar form and similar decoration, but without lid, is illustrated in an original 1870s photograph from Tiffany's archives in Charles H. Carpenter and Marcy Grace Carpenter's "Tiffany Silver".<br /><br />
The authors remark of this item: One of the most admired pieces at the Paris Exposition [of 1878] was the water pitcher...Drawings of this piece were reproduced in publication all over the world, giving wide publicity to the Japanese style. Tiffany's plant records show that several dozen versions of this pitcher were made in the 1870s and 1880s.<br /><br />
Literature: Charles H.Carpenter and Mary Grace Carpenter, "Tiffany Silver", revised edition, Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, San Francisco,1997, pp.166 and 167, pl. 263.
|Size||Height: 9.25 in.|
|Weight||27 oz. 2 dwt.|