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Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Flatware Service

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This beautiful and complete 270-piece silver flatware service is the work of Tiffany & Co.

Key Features

  • This monumental silver flatware service by Tiffany & Co. showcases the beloved Chrysanthemum pattern
  • Comprised of 270 pieces, this exquisite service for 12 was once owned by David C. Copley
  • Delicate engraved monograms complement the elaborate floral motif
  • Chrysanthemum is considered one of Tiffany's greatest patterns and was beloved by brides
  • Pieces are marked "TIFFANY & CO/STERLING"
  • Circa 1900
  • Chest: 28 1/2" wide x 20" deep x 5 1/2" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    C: 28 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    C: 5 1/2 Inches
  • Depth:
    C: 20 Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    America
An exquisite example of singular Tiffany & Co. artistry, this sumptuous 270-piece silver flatware service exhibits the beloved Chrysanthemum pattern. Once owned by noted publishing heir and philanthropist David C. Copley, this magnificent service for 12 is a masterpiece in silver, and includes such extraordinary silver and silver-gilt pieces as claw-foot sugar tongs, and a splendid set of delicate salt cellars and pepper casters. In addition, the lunch and dinner knives were crafted with blades by renowned Sheffield maker Joseph Rodgers & Sons Ltd., Cutlers to Their Majesties. Elaborate script monograms on each piece, and inlaid in etched bronze on the original fitted oak chest, complete this outstanding service.
Introduced in 1878 and patented in 1880, the Chrysanthemum pattern is considered among Tiffany's most beautiful and luxurious designs. The brainchild of renowned designer Charles T. Grosjean, the motif incorporates traditional baroque shapes with a modern, natural design. Chrysanthemum quickly became the most highly prized and luxurious of all Tiffany patterns. To find a set in such complete, pristine condition, nestled in its original chest, is truly exceptional.

Charles T. Grosjean was one of the most influential silversmiths in Tiffany's history. The son of a silversmith, he joined Tiffany as the manager of the company's Prince Street silverworks and he quickly became a driving force in the overall success of Tiffany's silver business. Grosjean's designs are among the most enduring of the Tiffany patterns and include Chrysanthemum, Lap-over-Edge, and English King. Chrysanthemum, however, found particular favor with Victorian socialites and new brides despite the fact that it was one of the most expensive of the Tiffany patterns to produce. The pattern was carried over to many forms of hollowware as well, which also enjoyed tremendous popularity. Chrysanthemum is still considered the top pattern Tiffany & Co. ever produced.

David Copley, owner and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune until 2009, was one of the icons of 20th-century publishing.  Scion of the powerful Copley newspaper dynasty, he and his family were instrumental in developing nearly every facet of life in the San Diego region for 80 years. With its endorsement of select politicians and support of economic development projects and educational ventures such as the establishment of UC San Diego, the Copley family literally changed the face of San Diego, and was often liken to the Hearst family for its level of involvement and control over civic life in the city. Copley himself was known for his incredible interest in and support of the arts in the city.  Named in Forbes Magazine's 2005 list of the 400 richest Americans, Copley was a noted sponsor of the arts, both personally and through the James S. Copley Foundation. He generosity benefitted such institutions as the Old Globe Theatre, the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, San Diego, and the La Jolla Playhouse. He supported the Museum of Contemporary Art both financially and on the board, leading to the establishment of The David C. Copley Chair and the David C. Copley Building. He was also an enthusiastic collector, owning a world class collection that included pieces by Christo, Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, and David Hockney, and donated $6 million to UCLA for a center for costume design. Though shy and uncomfortable in public settings, his presence is still felt in San Diego thanks to to his enthusiastic involvement.

Pieces are marked "TIFFANY & CO/STERLING" 

Circa 1900

Chest: 28 1/2" wide x 20" deep x 5 1/2" high

Provenance:
Property from the Collection of David C. Copley, La Jolla, California.

This service comprises:
24 teaspoons
  24 sorbet spoons
  12 dinner knives
  12 dinner forks
  12 lunch knives
  12 lunch forks
  12 fish knives
  12 fish forks
  12 dessert knives
  12 cocktail forks
  12 strawberry forks
  12 tablespoons
  12 soup spoons
  12 bouillon spoons
  12 demitasse spoons
  12 small salt  cellars
12 small salt spoons
  12 small pepper casters
12 nut picks
  6 serving spoons
2 salad servers
  2 sauce ladles
  Asparagus server
  Asparagus tongs
  Punch ladle
  Fish servers
  Ice cream server
  Grape scissors
  Sugar sifter
Sugar tongs   

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