Tiffany & Co.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

In the mid-nineteenth century, Tiffany & Co. mastered the complex art of enameling silver. This bold, colorful tray demonstrates the firm’s enduring interest in and experimentation with enameling techniques. Its striking design features decorative elements and aesthetic sensibilities inspired by works of art from the Classical World, Asia, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent, illustrating the legacy of Edward C. Moore, who guided Tiffany’s silver division from 1851 until 1891. Moore encouraged his staff to study objects from diverse moments in time and geographies, and although this tray was created after his death, it attests to Tiffany’s continued commitment to his lessons and artistic vision.

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