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Posted 4 years ago


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Another object that I have looked after now for thirty years.

It was found in an antique market west of Sydney. To my eye it was different to the usual Victorian plate that surrounded it in a cabinet. I asked to have a look and saw the Tiffany stamp. It was not cheap but was priced as a piece of electroplate.

American silver is not usually found in Australia. Most of the silver seen here was imported from Great Britain during the Victorian era. There was some production of silver here in Australia by convict artisans, but it is extremely rare and of course very collectable & expensive.

I am sure that there were other pieces brought to these shores from the US, but as yet I have not been able to track them down here in Australia.

A fortnight after I bought the pot I came across a copy of Tiffany Silver by the Carpenters in a remaindered bookshop.

From this book I learnt that the mark would date the pot to the period of Edward C Moore ( 1869 - 1891 ). The pot is called a demitasse.

It is part of the Chrysanthemum pattern which was introduced in 1880 and is said to have been designed by Charles T Grosjean.

That would date my pot to a period from 1880 to 1891.

The Chrysanthemum pattern books were well used and many objects were made for it. In the Carpenter book there is mention of the Mackay Service in this pattern that comprised 1,250 pieces and was said to have cost $125,000 in 1878 when it was delivered to the lucky tycoon's wife Marie Louise Mackay in Paris. It was displayed at the American Pavilion in Paris that year and quickly established itself as being the epitome of the sumptuous dining table of Victorian America.

It's possible that my pot was ordered after an Australian visitor saw the Mackay set in Paris at this important World's Fair. Fantasy?

Over the years I have also come across a design that is similar to the silver pot. It is a very famous design by Royal Copenhagen called The Full Lace Blue Fluted. It dates to c. 1770. The forms of the coffee pots in this service seem to my eye to be the basis for Grosjean's design. This is just my theory.... I have no proof at all.


  1. Budek Budek, 4 years ago
    What an amazing find,.....gets my heart beating a little fast.
    Thanks for the story that goes along with it, for as beautiful as the piece is, your story helped me appreciate it even more. I'm now curious to compare the Royal Copenhagen pot and yours.
    take care, T.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Thanks Budek. I've found a picture of a full lace blue fluted pot for reference and have added it to the pictures above. The feet and the blue fluting around the porcelain pot seem to me to be reflected in the Tiffany design.
    I suspect that the shape of Royal Copenhagen's pot is based on an even earlier Chinese porcelain form.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    A belated thanks to Woman34, FineLines, scandinavian_pieces & riazpropman
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks BeauxPurdy!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks BELLIN68!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks miKKoChristmas11 & BirdieZ too!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thansk milko!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks miKKo!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks Jzimont!

    Thanks to U2 inky!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks Sean! Every once in a while you will see some newer Tiffany here in Australia but the older pieces are not that common. Thanks again!
  11. pickrknows pickrknows, 2 years ago
    What a great find! Stunning piece!!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks pickrknows and Moonstonelover too!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks AIMATHENA!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks TOM!
  15. tom61375, 2 years ago
    You are very welcome vetraio50!! And many many thank yous for helping me with my Boda a while back! =)
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks AMBER ROSE!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks KS85!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks TONINO 'n KERRY10456 too!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks TONINO 'N NORDICMAN !!!!!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 months ago
    Just added some new photos !!!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 months ago
    Many thanks MOONSTONE !!!!!!!
  22. Radegunder Radegunder, 2 months ago
    Very nice !!!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 months ago
    Many thanks RADEGRUNDER !!!!!!!

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