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The Magnolia Vase

Manufactured by Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
Designed by John T. Curran (1859–1933)
ca. 1893
Made in New York, New York, United States
Silver, gold, enamel, opals
Overall: 30 7/8 x 19 1/2 in. (78.4 x 49.5 cm); 838 oz. 11 dwt. (26081.6 g) Foot: Diam. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Winthrop Atwill, 1899
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
The Magnolia Vase was Tiffany & Company's most prominent silver entry at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Native and Latin American sources inspired the form, which was derived from Pueblo pottery, and the ornament for the handles, which relates to Toltec artifacts. Plant motifs represent various sections of the United States: pine typifies the North; magnolia, the Southeast; and cacti, the Southwest. Standing for the whole country and applied in gold is the ubiquitous goldenrod.
Inscription: [chased (?) on underside]: This Enameled Silver Vase / manufactured by Tiffany & Co. for exhibition / at the Columbian Exposition has been / presented to / the / Metropolitan / Museum of Art / by the purchaser a lover of Art / whose identity / will be / disclosed and / name added to this inscription / by Tiffany and Co. / on receipt of the donor's permission / 1899

Marking: [marked on underside]: TIFFANY & Co[superscript O over _] / 11168 MAKERS 3137 / STERLING SILVER / T / [Tiffany mark for World's Columbian Exposition] (all incuse)
Mrs. Winthrop Atwill, New York, until 1899.
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