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Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Flatware Service, 247 Pieces

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This exceptional 247-piece Tiffany & Co. sterling silver flatware service for 12 is crafted in the highly desirable Chrysanthemum pattern. Introduced in 1878, the Chrysanthemum pattern is considered among Tiffany's most luxurious designs, incorporating traditional Baroque shapes with a modern, nature-inspired motif. One of Tiffany's most elaborate and expensive patterns to produce, it represents the firm's crowning achievement of the gilded age. The Chrysanthemum pattern was conceived by the renowned Tiffany designer Charles T. Grosjean, one of the most influential silversmiths in Tiffany's history. The son of a silversmith, he joined Tiffany as the manager of the company’s Prince Street silverworks and he quickly became a driving force in the overall success of Tiffany’s silver business. Grosjean’s designs are among the most enduring of the Tiffany patterns and include Chrysanthemum, Lap-over-Edge, and English King. Chrysanthemum found particular favor with Victorian socialites and new brides, and to this day it is regarded as the top pattern Tiffany & Co. ever produced. Pieces are marked “TIFFANY & CO/STERLING/PAT. 1880 M” Measures: Chest: 37 3/4" high x 34 5/8" wide x 57 5/8" deep. This flatware service contains: 12 entrée forks 12 dinner forks 12 fish forks 12 salad forks 12 bouillon forks 12 oyster forks 12 entrée knives 12 salad knives 12 dessert knives 12 fruit knives 12 paté knives 12 butter spreaders 12 soup spoons 12 iced tea spoons 12 gumbo spoons 12 teaspoons 12 old-fashioned ice cream spoons 12 demitasse spoons 12 nut picks a gravy spoon a sugar spoon asparagus tongs an oyster ladle a sugar sifter a serving spoon a slotted serving spoon an ice cream scoop knife a tomato server a pea server a fish server knife 2 serving forks game tongs a big game fork a small game fork a big game knife a small game knife a steel knife sharpener.

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  • Dimensions
    H 37.75 in. x W 34.63 in. x D 57.63 in.H 95.89 cm x W 87.97 cm x D 146.39 cm
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Seller Reference Number
    30-8552
  • Reference Number
    LU891113201491
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About Tiffany & Co. (Maker)

Tiffany & Co. is one of the most prominent purveyors of luxury goods in the United States, and has long been an important arbiter of style in the design of diamond engagement rings. A young Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed to his future wife, Eleanor, with a Tiffany ring in 1904. Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Astors and members of the Russian imperial family all wore Tiffany & Co. jewels. And Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis preferred Tiffany china for state dinners at the White House.


Although synonymous with luxury today, the firm started out rather modestly. Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young founded it in Connecticut as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” in 1837, at a time when European imports still dominated the nascent American luxury market. In 1853, Charles Tiffany — who in 1845 had launched the company’s famed catalog, the Blue Book, and with it, the firm’s signature robin’s-egg blue, which he chose for the cover — shifted the focus to fine jewelry. In 1868, Tiffany & Co. gained international recognition when it became the first U.S. firm to win an award for excellence in silverware at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. From then on, it belonged to the pantheon of American luxury brands.


At the start of the Gilded Age, in 1870, Tiffany & Co. opened its flagship store, described as a "palace of jewels" by the New York Times, at 15 Union Square West in Manhattan. Throughout this period, its designs for silver tableware, ceremonial silver, flatware and jewelry were highly sought-after indicators of status and taste. They also won the firm numerous accolades, including the grand prize for silverware at the Paris Exposition of 1878. Among the firm’s glittering creations from this time are masterworks of Art Nouveau jewelry, such as this delicate aquamarine necklace and this lavish plique-à-jour peridot and gold necklace, both circa 1900.


When Charles Lewis Tiffany died, in 1902, his son Louis Comfort Tiffany became the firm’s design director. Under his leadership, the Tiffany silver studio was a de facto design school for apprentice silversmiths, who worked alongside head artisan Edward C. Moore. The firm produced distinctive objects inspired by Japanese art and design, North American plants and flowers, and Native American patterns and crafts, adding aesthetic diversity to Tiffany & Co.’s distinguished repertoire.


Tiffany is also closely associated with diamonds, even lending its name to one particularly rare and exceptional yellow stone. The firm bought the Tiffany diamond in its raw state from the Kimberley mines of South Africa in 1878. Cut to create a 128.54-carat gem with an unprecedented 82 facets, it is one of the most spectacular examples of a yellow diamond in the world. In a broader sense, Tiffany & Co. helped put diamonds on the map in 1886 by introducing the American marketplace to the solitaire diamond design, which is still among the most popular engagement-ring styles. The trademark Tiffany® Setting raises the stone above the band on six prongs, allowing its facets to catch the light. A lovely recent example is this circa-2000 platinum engagement ring. Displaying a different design and aesthetic (but equally chic) is this exquisite diamond and ruby ring from the 1930s.

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