Manufacturer Tiffany & Co.
To celebrate the distinctive beauty of Native American art, Tiffany & Co.’s gifted designer G. Paulding Farnham created three highly unusual silver vessels for the firm’s grand prize-winning display at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. The present vase is based on the design of Navajo pottery, its hand-raised silver body ornamented with semi-precious stones sourced in America: turquoise-colored amazonite and bluish opals, as well as hundreds of freshwater pearls embedded in the "corn-cob" handles. The vase was also exhibited the following year at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition.
Paulding Farnham was one of Tiffany & Co.’s most talented designers of both jewelry and silver. Having been apprenticed to Tiffany’s artistic director Edward C. Moore around 1878, Farnham became the firm’s head jewelry designer in 1891 and continued to win gold medals at international fairs until departing the firm in 1904.
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