Maker: Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)

Date: 1879–80

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver, copper, brass, and gold

Dimensions: 9 1/8 × 7/8 in., 544.3g (23.2 × 2.2 cm, 17.5 oz.)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1966

Accession Number: 66.52.2


Silver decorated with colored metals and alloys, including some based directly on Japanese formulas, began to appear among Tiffany & Company's Japanesque designs in 1877. Motifs in these colored metals, such as the applied frog and the inlaid moon on this tray, were often set off by a hammered and oxidized ground. Steel punches were used to create the effect of a hand-hammered surface. The Museum also owns a similar silver tray (66.52.1), ornamented with irises in the Japanese taste.