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Tiffany & Co Antique Sterling Silver Japonesque Small Bowl, NYC, NY, c. 1872

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Striking combinations of Japanesque appliques and chasing create a stunning effect on this bowl. Originally a waste bowl from what was an incredible coffee service, this bowl is a wonderful object on its own. Designed by Edward C. Moore, the bulbous body is covered with applied ornamentation of birds amongst exotic foliage against a textured, lightly gilt background.


A beautiful applied band incorporates repeating phoenix birds amongst a stepped, structural element. This band, bird, and foliage decoration can be seen on a different coffee set and salt dish using the same textured background, bird, and foliage in Magnificent Tiffany Silver. (1) The band is also used on a Japanesque tea caddy shown at the 1878 Paris Exposition....(2)


Provenance: Private Collection.


This very rare item is marked 'TIFFANY & Co/ 2465 MAKERS 4989/ STERLING-SILVER/ 925-1000/ M' along with the French import mark. This bowl also bears a sweet 'YS' monogram done in an Asian style placed unobtrusively on the background. It measures 5 inches wide by 4 inches tall, weighs 14.15 troy ounces, and is in excellent antique condition retaining its original gilding. There is some wear to the exterior gilding, but the interior appears untouched.



  1. John Loring, Magnificent Tiffany Silver, (New York: Harry M. Abrams, 2001), p. 31.
  2. Ibid., p. 35.