Tiffany Moderne Sterling Silver Water Pitcher or Ewer, New York City, c. 1952
Simplicity and grace characterize this stunning water pitcher. Inspired by the Danish modern movement, Tiffany's silversmiths made some spectacular silver during the 1950's which was totally unadorned; relying on its form to create an object of beauty. This sculptural bulbous body with a ring foot stretches upwards to a flaring rim. The flat, strap handle has a rounded interior for a comfortable grip.
Oscar Riedener, Tiffany's silver designer who would replace Arthur Barney as chief silver designer in 1955, worked in the Scandinavian style and almost certainly designed this piece.
The underside of this wonderful piece is marked 'TIFFANY & CO/ MAKERS/ STERLING SILVER/ 23389/ m/ 5.25 PINTS'. According to Tiffany Silver by Carpenter, this particular 'm' mark was used from 1947-1955 and the design dates to c. 1951-2. It measures 11.75 inches high, weighs 50.60 troy ounces, has never been monogrammed and is in excellent condition.