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Cigar box

Exhibitions: 
Object name: 
Cigar box
Date: 
1930
Medium: 
Silver
Description: 
This lavish box, an example of Tiffany & Co’s “Special Hand Work,” was presented to discerning cigar smoker Al Smith, the self-made New York politician who ascended from the Lower East Side to four terms as governor of the State of New York.
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society, Purchase
Object Number: 
2004.49
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pitcher

Exhibitions: 
Object name: 
Pitcher
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Silver
Description: 
An early retailer of luxury goods, Tiffany, Young & Ellis offered patrons a wide assortment of stylish table silver, including this Asian-inspired water pitcher. The firm began retailing silver made by others around 1847 and contracted its own silver manufacture starting in 1851.
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society, Presented in memory of Cruger Delafield Grosbeck Fowler by Mrs. Cruger D. G. Fowler and Family
Object Number: 
1983.7
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Ice cream dish

Exhibitions: 
Object name: 
Ice cream dish
Date: 
1877-1878
Medium: 
Silver
Description: 
Embodying the extravagant excess of the Gilded Age, this exotic ice cream dish was part of a 1,250-piece dinner service commissioned from Tiffany & Co. by “silver king” John W. Mackay (1831-1902) for his wife, Marie Louise Hungerford Mackay (1843-1928).
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mr. John Mackay
Object Number: 
1980.14
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902)

Exhibitions: 
Object name: 
Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902)
Date: 
1840
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Description: 
Charles L. Tiffany founded the famous silver and jewelry firm Tiffany & Co. in 1837. The business began as a small stationery and gift shop, Tiffany and Young. This portrait depicts the young entrepreneur in 1840, before his firm became a major retailer of fine silver.
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Comfort Tiffany Gilder
Object Number: 
1948.393
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Special Collections >

Teaser: 

The New-York Historical Society Museum collection numbers over 60,000 objects, including works of art and artifacts spanning four centuries. Among its holdings are particularly rich and diverse collections that illuminate the historical and cultural life of New York City and the nation.

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Decorative Arts >

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Furniture

The New-York Historical Society's furniture holdings number more than 500 objects, including seating furniture, tables, case furniture, cradles, clocks and boxes ranging from a late seventeenth-century Dutch kast to a pair of 1960s Bertoia chairs. The earliest acquisition, a chair made for Marie Antoinette's private chambers at Versailles in 1779, was purchased by U.S. Minister to France Gouverneur Morris.

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Highlights >

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The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library houses a treasure trove of materials relating to the founding of our country, the history of art in America, and the history of New York and its people. The Museum houses more than 60,000 works and artifacts, including fine art, decorative art, historical artifacts, and ephemera. Fine art holdings include renowned Hudson River School landscapes; masterpieces of colonial and later portraiture; John James Audubon’s watercolors for The Birds of America; an encyclopedic collection of sculpture; and much more.

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Luce Center >

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The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture will be closed for renovations from August 31, 2014 through December 2016. Please check back in the fall for details of our exciting new galleries and installations.

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