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Viking Punch Bowl

Maker:
Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
Designer:
Designed by Paulding Farnham (1859–1927)
Date:
ca. 1893
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Iron, silver, gold, and streaked ebony
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 11/16 x 20 1/4 in. (42.4 x 51.4 cm); 449 oz. 19 dwt. (15550 g) Base: 6 3/8 x 12 3/8 in. (16.2 x 31.4 cm); 149 oz. 4 dwt. (4640 g) Punch Bowl: 11 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (29.2 x 51.4 cm); 350 oz. 15 dwt. (10910 g) Foot: Diam. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation Gift, 1969
Accession Number:
69.4a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
After the Magnolia Vase, the most impressive metal object exhibited by Tiffany & Company at the Chicago Exposition of 1893 was this punch bowl, an epic example of the late-nineteenth-century fascination with civilizations of the past. The Tiffany exposition catalogue described the eight forms at the top of the bowl as "suggested by the prow of the Norseman's boat."
Inscription: [lightly scratched on underside inner rim]: 175 / 413

Marking: [on underside inner rim]: TIFFANY & C[O superscript and underlined] 11171 [Tiffany mark for World's Columbian Exposition] MAKERS (incuse) (TIFFANY & CO and MAKERS have shadow of double strike.)
John Crossley, Sussex, 1893; Mrs. John S. Davenport, Richmond Virginia, 1951; Paul L. Ramey, Norfolk, Virginia, until 1969.
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