Lot 135
  • 135

The Westinghouse Set: An American parcel-gilt silver and mixed metals "Japanese style" seven-piece tea and coffee set with tray, Tiffany & Co., New York, circa 1885

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comprising: Teapot, Coffee Pot, Creamer, covered Sugar Bowl, Waste Bowl, Hot Milk Jug, and Kettle on Lampstand, the gourd-shaped bodies with spot-hammered surfaces overlaid with trailing vine suspending gilt gourds interspersed with dragonflies, insects, butterflies, etc., the hot milk jug with patinated copper and mokume gourds, copper and japanese gold dragonfly, bee, and beetle; the tray of irregular square form with raised rim and eight short scroll supports, the spot-hammered ground etched with a spiderweb centered by a spider inlaid with copper, Japanese gold, niello, and ?platinum, the top with rose branches in patinated copper and brass, the spotted and insect-eaten leaves inlaid in similar technique; each piece of the set etched with the monogram MEWW in conforming style; the bases similarly etched MEWWestinghouse, marked on bases and numbered 4872-2788 / 138 (first five pieces); 5125-1194 / 376 (hot milk jug); 5394-1187 / 486 (kettle) and  / 562 (lampstand); and 5953-1876 / 1005 (tray), the latter also marked "patent applied for"