Paulding Farnham (American, 18591927), designer; Tiffany & Company (American, 1837present), manufacturer and retailer
Iron, silver, gold, wood; Overall 16 11/16 x 20 1/4 in., 15,550 grams (42.4 x 51.4 cm, 499.948 troy ounces)
Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation Gift, 1969 (69.4)
After the Magnolia Vase, the most impressive metal object exhibited by Tiffany & Company at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 was this punchbowl, an epic example of the late nineteenth-century fascination with civilizations of the past. The Tiffany exposition catalogue described the eight forms at the top of the bowl as "suggested by the prow of the Norseman's boat." The body of the bowl is fashioned of decarbonized iron, inlaid with silver and gold and displayed on a calamander wood base. Representing the Viking Revival taste, the piece was ornamented with such Norse mythological creatures as the wolves' heads that appear on the handles. Its overall heft and boldness were intended to symbolize the strength of the Vikings. The designer, Paulding Farnham (18591927), also designed the Museum's Adams Vase (04.1).