Published: August 8, 2000
NEW YORK CITY – A collection of Nineteenth Century Japanesque sterling silver flatware by Tiffany & Co., many pieces never before publicly exhibited, will be on display at the Lauren Stanley Gallery from October 3 through December 2.
More than 180 pieces of the “Japanese,” “Vine,” “Lap Over Edge,” and not-full-line patterns will be on view. Among the outstanding pieces to be exhibited will be: a ten-piece place setting of the Japanese pattern and unusual forms and decoration in this pattern including individual fruit knives, a crumber (with an engraved image of a lens grinder kneeling beside his advertising box on the blade, which is almost an exact copy of a Hokusai manga sketch), soup and sauce ladles, a cake saw, a berry scoop, waffle and pastry servers, jelly and pickle knives and a fish serving set.
The exhibit will include examples of the motifs in the “Vine” pattern and unusual forms in this pattern including a peapod salad serving set with “carved” handles, pap spoon and tiny butter spreader.
Also on display will be examples of etched, applied and inlaid “Lap Over Edge”-pattern pieces including a nine-piece place setting of the etched version; also applied dinner forks and knives, dessert forks and spoons, ice cream spoons, a cake knife and crumber; and inlaid fruit knives.
Extraordinary pieces of not-full-line patterns including dessert knives with applied handles/engraved blades and ice cream spoons and oversized teaspoons with applied decoration will also be on display.
Tiffany & Co. of New York introduced Japanesque design into its silverware in 1871. Unlike the prevailing historicism (e.g. Nineteenth Century revivalism), this was not a revival but rather a move in an entirely new design direction.
The exhibition has been assembled under the guidance of William P. Hood, Jr, author (with Roslyn Berlin and Edward Wawrynek) of Tiffany Silver Flatware 1845-1905: When Dining Was an Art.
The gallery is at 300 East 51st Street. For information, 212-888-6732.
5 Church Hill Road / Newtown, CT 06470
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