Amboyna wood, silver, mother-of-pearl, and turquoise
10 5/8 x 11 1/4 x 6 7/8 in. (27 x 28.6 x 17.5 cm); 78 oz. 15 dwt. (2450 g)
Gift of Jack Steinberg, in memory of Mrs. Regina Perlmutter Steinberg, 1973
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
This cup combines silver with exotic wood, turquoise, and mother-of-pearl to striking and original effect. Described in Tiffany’s records as a “love cup,” it was designed for display at the World’s Columbian Exposition. The shape references Viking objects, while the ornament draws on a variety of foreign and domestic design sources.
Inscription: [stamped on underside]: 6 1/2 PINTS [lightly scratched on underside]: 48 / 90; 30
Marking: [on underside]: TIFFANY & C[O superscript over flourish and two dots] / 11184 MAKERS 3195 / STERLING SILVER / T / [Tiffany Globe mark for World's Columbian Exhibition] (incuse)
Jack Steinberg, Poughkeepsie, New York, until 1973.