Viking Punch Bowl

Maker: Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)

Designer: Designed by Paulding Farnham (1859–1927)

Date: ca. 1893

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

Culture: American

Medium: Iron, silver, gold, and streaked ebony

Dimensions: Overall: 16 11/16 x 20 1/4 in. (42.4 x 51.4 cm); 449 oz. 19 dwt. (15550 g)
Base: 6 3/8 x 12 3/8 in. (16.2 x 31.4 cm); 149 oz. 4 dwt. (4640 g)
Punch Bowl: 11 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (29.2 x 51.4 cm); 350 oz. 15 dwt. (10910 g)
Foot: Diam. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation Gift, 1969

Accession Number: 69.4a, b

Description

After the Magnolia Vase, the most impressive metal object exhibited by Tiffany & Company at the Chicago Exposition of 1893 was this punch bowl, 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."

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