The service was shipped to Paris in nine fitted mahogany chests, and was shown by Tiffany at the 1878 Paris Exposition. Afterwards, it was used by the Mackays for parties at their residences in Paris in London, having been cold-shouldered by New York society.
Most of the pieces were in white silver, densely chased in an "Indian" pattern in the style of Charles Grosjean, but the coffee cups and saucers, coffee spoons, and napkin clips were done in gilt with multicolored champlevé enamel (see Hood et al p. 294 for the coffee spoons). These were probably designed by Edward C. Moore, who definitely designed the enameled butterfly-form menu card holders added to the service in 1880 (see John Loring, Magnificent Tiffany Silver, p. 57). The dense and bright enamel patterns may have been influenced by the Russian enamels that Tiffany was importing and retailing at this period.
These pieces appear in Tiffany's ledgers as "Coffee Cups & Saucers Enamelled"; the cost to manufacture one cup and saucer is listed as "109.90 less 10%", or $98.90.
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