Important American Silver

11 Oct

American Japonisme Silver

Following the Civil War, the country’s economy burgeoned as well, increasing the demand for elaborate dining, drinking, and personal silver. It was a period of rampant eclecticism, reflected by styles such as Naturalism, Japonisme, Renaissance Revival, Beaux-Arts, and Viking Revival.

The Japanese influence on nineteenth-century decorative arts has been the object of widespread study.

Tiffany & Co., 1875-91, mixed metal bud vase. H-8 in


Tiffany & Co., mixed metal H-7 in


Tiffany & Co., mixed metal tea set and tray.
Tiffany & Co.,, mixed metal tray

Tiffany & C0., mixed metal Tea set in mixed metals
Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Water Pitcher c. 1877. h-7 1/3 inches. Tiffany & Co. 3387 Sterling M 1695. 4 1/2 pints


Tiffany & Co. STERLING. 8.875″ high

Tiffany & Co. STERLING. Late 19th C Aesthetic movement 8.875″ high


Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, Rhode Island

Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, 1887, with Tenier’s style drinking scenes. silver warming dish. diameter: 9.25 inches

After 1877 Gorham’s Art line was primarily based on Japanese art.
Although both Gorham and Tiffany made hammered wares in 1877, the idea of hammering came from a silversmith working at Tiffany & Co. in New York in 1876. By the end of 1877 hammering had become an established silver-making technique. This same silversmith later worked for Gorham, joining the Providence company in about 1883.


Gorham Co, Japonism, Pitcher


Gorham Co., 1871, Centerpiece Length- 11 in
Gorham Co, Nut Bowl and Spoon, c.1875-85


Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, RI, c.1883

Silver mounted lacquered Turkish coffee pot

H-12 1/4 in


Gorham ivory & mixed metal in Japanese-inspired motifs.


Whiting silver in Japanese style

After the move to New York, Whiting tapped into the developing taste for Japanese-inspired motifs among urban Americans, who, increasingly cut off from the natural world, were mesmerized by the vision of nature found in Japanese art and design and clamored for objects that evoked it. The sources for Whiting’s Japanese-inspired designs were complex and diverse. In addition to Japanese art and objects, designers used European prints, photographs, and sketches of fruit and ferns, and scientific illustrations of fish and seaweed as the basis for their designs. The most original of Whiting’s designs were water pitchers and bowls encrusted with seashells  

Whiting Sterling Silver Water Pitcher c. 1877. h-7 inches. Whiting 1225Y Sterling.
Whiting seashells bowl


Dominick and Haff

With stunning Japanese inspired scenery against a spot-hammered background, Dominick & Haff creates this unusual and visually exciting work of art consisting of a hot water kettle on stand. The bodies decorated with wildlife and aquatic scenery. There are 2 large dragonflies in flight above pools of flowing water and exotic plants. Date: 1881.

1. Dominick & Haff, c.1880 Japonism Kettle on Stand H-12 in
1a.Dominick & Haff, c.1880 Japonism Kettle on Stand H-12 in

A rare Dominick and Haff antique sterling silver pitcher dated 1882 with Japanese influenced chasing depicting a dragon fly on one side, and bird on the other side and exotic leaves and plants throughout. The handle is hand hammered. The hammering graduates from fine at the top of the pitcher to larger faceting at the center and base. There are also additional engraved stalks in between the chasing. One large leaf has a caterpillar applied. Ht: 7 1/2″

George W. Shiebler & Co.  New York

George W. Shiebler & Co.  New York, c.1890. Silver and mixed metal bowl

Diameter” 8 1/8 inches.

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