The Adams Vase, Designed by Paulding Farnham (1859–1927), Gold, amethysts, spessartites, tourmalines, fresh water pearls, quartzes, rock crystal, and enamel, American

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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
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.
Inscription: [chased on side of body behind handle]: EAD [in interlaced script] / 1892
[chased on opposite side of body behind handle]: [American Cotton Oil Company Seal] / THE / AMERICAN / COTTON / OIL / CO

Marking: [on underside of foot]: TIFFANY & C[superscript o over _ over ..] / MAKERS / SOLID GOLD
American Cotton Oil Company, until ca. 1894; Edward Dean Adams, New York, by 1895–1904.