3077
3077
"Night": An American Silver, Copper, Iron And Gold Allegorical Plaque, Tiffany & Co., New York, Signed By Eugene J. Soligny, circa 1875
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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3077
"Night": An American Silver, Copper, Iron And Gold Allegorical Plaque, Tiffany & Co., New York, Signed By Eugene J. Soligny, circa 1875
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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"Night": An American Silver, Copper, Iron And Gold Allegorical Plaque, Tiffany & Co., New York, Signed By Eugene J. Soligny, circa 1875
chased in high and low relief with the personification of Night riding an owl, the wide iron rim with band of silver maple leaves and gold seed pods
signed in the base of the central scene Tiffany & Co. NY and EJS conjoined, the back with scratched numbers, struck with French control marks
diameter 13 3/8 in.
34.7 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby's, New York, January 28, 30 and 31, 1994, lot 560 (where the Tiffany design for the border is reproduced)

Exhibited

Probably Paris Exhibition of 1878

Literature

John Loring, Magnificent Tiffany Silver, p. 132

Catalogue Note

Eugene J. Soligny (1832-1901) was born in Paris and studied with Leonard Morel-Ladeuil before emigrating to the U.S. in 1856, possibly at the invitation of Tiffany's, where he was definitely working by 1859. By 1867 his initials first appear on a Tiffany creation, a break from the house practice that shows the high esteem in which the firm held this artist.

Only a few pieces - including this one - are known to be signed by Soligny; such major Tiffany productions as the Bryant Vase, the Jerome Park trophy, the Comanche Cup, and the Nast Testimonial.  

According to Tiffany's records, this medallion cost $430 to manufacture.  The French import marks on this piece suggest it was one of four allegorical plates shown by Soligny at the Paris Exposition of 1878.

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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New York