This beautiful covered pitcher is an unusual form and early example of Tiffany holloware. Made from heavy gauge silver, it is designed with plain surfaces highlighted with bold decorative elements. A hinged cover with a domed surface is ornamented with an applied bead circle centering a finial of a banded sphere on a pedestal. Applied bands of interlocking circles with floral interiors decorate the edge of the cover and upper part of the main body.
A larger and more intricate version of this band is applied to the bottom of the body above the circular band foot. A wonderful applied handle has cast and applied ornamentation where the handle terminates to the body. Another bold element is the short pouring spout with its large opening. A stippled background enhances the design which, when inverted, resembles a sea creature.
This lovely antique pitcher is marked underneath 'TIFFANY & CO/ QUALITY 925-1000/ 1576-2768/550 BROADWAY/ m'. The 'm' mark is struck twice and signifies the work of the exceptional silversmiths John C. and Edward C. Moore. The pitcher measures 8 inches across handle and spout by 10 inches tall, weighs 38.75 troy ounces and is in very good antique condition. Lines have been scored on the underside of the pitcher in order to mask a monogram or presentation removal.