Gold, agate, yellow sapphires, dementoid garnets, red garnets, and amethyst
3 5/8 x 1 7/8 x 1 7/8 in., 212.9 Grams (9.2 x 4.8 x 4.8 cm, 6.845 Troy Ounces)
Gift of The Duchesse de Mouchy, 1965
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
Honey is the thematic scheme of this unique vessel. The agate body suggests the cell-like shape and waxen material of the honeycomb; the diagonal pattern, its texture. The lid's surface features honeysuckle leaves, honeybees, and bumblebees. This small object was one of the jewels of the Tiffany & Company display at the Chicago Exposition of 1893.
Inscription: [lightly scratched on bezel of bottle to right of hinge]: DNW(?- scratched through) 1594
Marking: [on underside of cover]: [Tiffany mark for World's Columbian Exposition] / TIFFANY / & CO.
Duchesse de Talleyrand, France; her granddaughter, the Comtesse Diane Castellane (formerly The Duchesse de Mouchy), France, until 1965.