Tiffany's 'Chrysanthemum' pattern is one of the greatest flatware patterns of all time. Designed by Charles Grosjean and introduced in 1880, it features deep casting of chrysanthemum blossoms in sweeping chrysanthemum foliage. The popular flatware pattern was made in a full line. Tiffany referred to the bowl's unique shape as 'kidney-shaped' (although it is often referred to as 'conch-shaped').
This server's unusual bowl is deeper and has a deeper indent on the right side than is typically seen. It is also heavier than most. The bowl is gilded on both sides, with no noticeable wear to the gilding.
During the 1870s, pieces similar to ice cream servers, but deeper (and very similar to this), were made as "pudding servers" or "pudding knives." Hood, Berlin, and Wawrynek in Tiffany Silver Flatware do not mention the form, so they may not have found Tiffany records for pudding servers. This may be an early and undocumented example of the form.
This wonderful server is marked "TIFFANY & CO.," "STERLING," and "PAT. 1880. M." It is 9.375 inches long, weighs a hefty 5.35 troy ounces, and is in excellent antique condition with very light scratching from use. It has never been monogrammed.
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