An American  sterling silver  Aesthetic Movement foliate-decorated six-piece coffee and tea service  by Tiffany & Co., New York, NY, circa 1873-1891
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An American sterling silver Aesthetic Movement foliate-decorated six-piece coffee and tea service by Tiffany & Co., New York, NY, circa 1873-1891
Sold for US$ 17,500 inc. premium
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An American sterling silver Aesthetic Movement foliate-decorated six-piece coffee and tea service
by Tiffany & Co., New York, NY, circa 1873-1891
Comprising: a kettle on stand; a coffee pot; a tea pot; a cream jug; a covered sugar bowl and a waste bowl, all with squat, exaggerated bodies decorated with Indo-Persian stylized ferns and floral sprays; together with an associated similarly decorated Gorham Mfg. Co. silver soldered rounded rectangular tray, all monogrammed "LMK" and the hollowware later further engraved "L.K.G / August 21, 1935," total silver weight approximately 170oz troy. (7)
the kettle height 13 1/2in (34.25cm); length 11in (28cm); the tray length 24in (61cm)

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  • Provenance:
    The collection of William S. Kimball, Kimball Castle, 145 Troup Street, Rochester, New York, thence by descent through the family.

    William Smith Kimball (1837-1895), began his career as an apprentice machinist at a locomotive factory, then served as a master mechanic in the Navy during the Civil War and afterwards settled in Rochester, NY. There he partnered with Henry Suggett and established the Suggett & Kimball tobacco factory in 1863. When Suggett retired in 1867, Kimball renamed the company William S. Kimball & Co., Peerless Tobacco Works. By 1880, his business was one of the world's largest tobacco producers. Kimball's first wife, Marion Elizabeth Keeler, daughter of Rufus Keeler, former mayor of Rochester, NY, died in 1879. He married Laura Page Mitchell the following year. Kimball was very involved in civic affairs, and also an avid art collector, owned very large and valuable collection of orchids, and an extensive library.

    In 1879, Louis Comfort Tiffany established the interior design firm of Louis C. Tiffany and Associated Artists along with Samuel Colman, Lockwood de Forest and Candace Wheeler. Tiffany's firm designed the Kimball residence in Rochester, nicknamed Kimball Castle. The company worked with a number of other prominent figures in its short four year existence such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, sugar tycoon Henry Osborne Havemeyer and President Chester A. Arthur. The first appearance of de Forest's carved teak panels was in the Hall of Kimball's residence, designed by Tiffany. (For more information on Lockwood de Forest, see lot 1553 in this catalogue.)

    The form of the service offered here compliments the Eastern influenced design of the Kimball residence. During the 1870s and 1880s, under the directorship of Edward C. Moore, the artistic production of Tiffany & Co. was a collaborative effort of a number of preeminent designers like James H. Whitehouse, Eugene J. Soligny and Charles Osborne.
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