The Adams Vase

Designer: Designed by Paulding Farnham (1859–1927)

Manufacturer: Manufactured by Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)

Date: 1893–95

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Gold, amethysts, spessartites, tourmalines, fresh water pearls, quartzes, rock crystal, and enamel

Dimensions: Overall: 19 7/16 x 13 x 9 1/4 in. (49.4 x 33 x 23.5 cm); 352 oz. 18 dwt. (10977 g)
Body: H. 18 7/8 in. (47.9 cm)
Cover: 4 1/4 x 4 13/16 in. (10.8 x 12.2 cm); 19 oz. 6 dwt. (600.1 g)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1904

Accession Number: 04.1a–c


Commissioned in honor of Edward Dean Adams, chairman of the board of the American Cotton Oil Company, this bejeweled and enameled gold vase was designed to resemble the cotton plant. The overall form and coloration emulate those of the bell-shaped cotton flower, and the rock-crystal cover represents the white boll. Upon the completion of the vase, Tiffany & Co. proudly produced a booklet detailing the process of its creation.