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Bowl

Maker:
Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
Date:
1888
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver and silver gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (16.5 x 32.4 cm); 81 oz. 2 dwt. (2521.7 g) Foot: 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (20 x 20 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Cranshaw Corporation Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.273
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
Tritons, seahorses, and seaweed ornament this commanding bowl, whose sophisticated design was likely the work of Charles Osborne, one of Tiffany’s leading designers at the time. The bowl was a gift to Thomas Goddard from his cousins, the children of John Carter Brown of Providence, Rhode Island. The nautical motifs in the ornament are fitting, given that the Goddards and Browns made their fortunes in East Indian shipping ventures.
Inscription: acid etched on underside in various ornate scripts: THOMAS POYNTON IVES GODDARD / A MARK OF / GRATITUDE AND AFFECTION / From / JOHN NICHOLAS BROWN / HAROLD BROWN / and / SOPHIA AUGUSTA SHERMAN / April 21 [pellet] 1888 [pellet]
lightly scratched on underside: 12[or 8]6548; 1113; 81 / 65

Marking: marked on underside: TIFFANY & C[superscript o over -] / 7358 M 661 / STERLING-SILVER (double struck) / 1975
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