Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Tea and Coffee Service

  • This monumental sterling silver tea and coffee service was crafted by the inimitable Tiffany & Co.
  • The elegant set features the legendary firm's highly popular Chrysanthemum pattern
  • The tray has the rare addition of etched chrysanthemum blooms at its center
  • Such pieces were highly prized in the late 19th and early 20th century by the American elite
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Item No. 31-1841

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This absolutely monumental sterling silver tea and coffee service by the famed Tiffany & Co. was crafted in the firm's famed Chrysanthemum pattern. Inspired by motifs in Japanese art, this floral pattern quickly became Tiffany’s most desirable pattern. Due to its opulence, Chrysanthemum was the most expensive of all Tiffany motifs to produce, and very few seven-piece services such as this survive. 

This set comprises a large two-handled tray, a very rare hot water samovar, a teapot, coffee pot, lidded sugar bowl, creamer and waste bin. The pattern's signature flowers are expertly applied to each piece for a natural yet classically elegant appearance. Furthermore, the tray's body has been etched with chrysanthemum blooms, a decorative addition that is rarely seen on Tiffany silver trays.

At the end of the 19th century, the rise in popularity of the afternoon tea party and coffee hour in America made formal sets such as this increasingly sought after. A set crafted by the greatest American silversmiths of the age, Tiffany & Co., would have been a significant status symbol among the upper classes, particularly one in the highly coveted Chrysanthemum pattern.

The pattern was first conceived in 1880 by the renowned Tiffany silversmith Charles T. Grosjean, one of the most influential designers in Tiffany's history. 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. This tray is a stunning example of the luxury silver pieces that Tiffany created in this opulent motif.

A special dedication at the center of the tray reads: John Nicholas Brown / from his mother on his twenty first birthday / December 17th, 1882. John Nicholas Brown (1861-1900) was the grandson of Nicholas Brown, the philanthropist who gave Brown University its name. 

Hallmarked "Tiffany & Co. / Makers / Sterling Silver / 925-1000"

Tray: 30 1/4" wide x 2 1/4" deep x 19 1/2" high
Kettle: 14 1/2" high
Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Tea and Coffee Service
Maker: Tiffany & Co.
Period: 19th Century
Origin: America
Type: Tea & Coffee Pots/Services
Depth: 19.5
Width: 30.25
Height: 14.5
Style: Victorian

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