Tiffany & Co.

An Important Silver, Copper, and Niello Loving Cup by Tiffany & Co.

Country
USA 
Made
1890
Description
Ovoid, on three buffalo-head supports with hoof feet, the three handles formed as buffalo horns, the cup applied and etched with bas relief scenes based on three drawings of Georg Catlin: Bear Dance, Scalp Dance and Sundance Shield. Tiffany & Co.'s Indian-inspired silver frequently looked to the designs of Georg Catlin, whose paintings romanticized both the West and the idea of the noble savage. This cup is unique among the Catlin-decorated cups as it uses copper and niello inlay to add color to the relief scenes. The bas-relief itself was probably modelled by Tiffany's most important sculptor of the period, Eugene Soligny. A number of sketches after Catlin survive in Soligny's scrapbooks in the Tiffany Archives. Literature – Charles H. Carpenter, Tiffany Silver, 1997 rpt., illus. no. 281, pp. 181-82 (recording the pattern and order numbers)
Materials
Sterling silver, inlaid copper and niello
Dimensions
Height 10-3/8 inches (26.4cm)
Price
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