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Coffee service

Object Number: 
1983.43a-d
Date: 
ca. 1912-1931
Medium: 
Silver, ivory, copper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. (26.7 x 18.4 x 13.7 cm)
Marks: 
Engraving: all pieces engraved with Moresque-style floral and foliate scrolls, medallions, and arabesques with copper inlay across body surfaces, and each has engraved script cipher of FAH at center front medallion reserve.
Description: 
Silver coffee service in the Islamic style consisting of a black coffeepot, sugar bowl with lid, creamer and tray; squat circular lower bodies flared in the center to plain applied bands; plain, scalloped bands around rims; onion dome lids; ivory finials and insulators; all over floral scroll engraving in an Islamic style with copper inlay; "F A H" engraved in the front reserves in script; makers' marks on the bases.
Gallery Label: 
This coffee service is an example of Tiffany & Co.'s Persian, or "Saracenic" designs, first developed by chief designer Edward C. Moore in the 1870s. The firm's Eastern-inspired silver earned it international recognition and prestigious prizes, including Grand Prix awards at the Paris Expositions of 1878 and 1889. Although this coffee set was actually produced more than twenty years after Moore's death, it closely adheres to early Saracenic designs Moore created decades earlier.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
Service was purchased by NYHS through Shrubsole with monies from Robert G. Goelet Fund for $5,082 at Christie's, Dec. 1983. No further documentary information accompanied service.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group