"Saracenic" Coffee Pot and Sugar Bowl

A work made of silver and silver gilt.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver and silver gilt.

Date:

1895

Artist:

Design attributed to Edward C. Moore
American, 1827–1891
Tiffany and Company
American, founded 1837
New York

About this artwork

This coffee pot, with its spherical base, narrow neck, and elongated spout, is based on Islamic vessels. Tiffany and Company first incorporated Islamic elements into their wares at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1867. Edward C. Moore, the chief silver designer, drew inspiration from his own collection of Middle Eastern art objects and design books, appropriating such elements as thin, sinuous forms and intricate, repeating patterns. The undersides of these objects are engraved Florence Pullman, a Chicagoan who was the daughter of George Pullman of the Pullman Car Company, which was famous for labor strikes by workers and the formation of the first African American labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

Tiffany and Company

Title

"Saracenic" Coffee Pot and Sugar Bowl

Origin

New York City

Date

1895

Medium

Silver and silver gilt

Inscriptions

Both engraved at base: "Florence Pullman"

Dimensions

Coffee Pot: 23.5 × 16.1 × 8.5 cm (9 1/4 × 6 3/4 × 3 3/4 in.); Sugar Bowl 6.6 × 9.8 × 10.1 cm (2 5/8 × 3 7/8 × 4 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Mary Swissler Oldberg Fund

Reference Number

2017.84.1-2

Extended information about this artwork

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