Maker: Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)

Date: 1877

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

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: 8 1/8 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (20.6 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm); 14 oz. 19 dwt. (464.5 g)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. H. O. H. Frelinghuysen Gift, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.349


The opening of Japan to the West in the 1850s and subsequent displays of Japanese art at world’s fairs inspired great demand for Japanese-style objects in the United States. Edward C. Moore, the director of Tiffany’s silver department, was an early proponent and collector of Japanese art. The decorative motifs on this vase and their asymmetrical arrangement were clearly inspired by Japanese design. Originally, the vase had a lightly pebbled ground and oxidized accents that emulated Japanese metalwork.