Lot 105
  • 105

A large silver ice-cream dish and a set of twelve silver plates, from the Mackay service, Tiffany, New York, circa 1875

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 EUR
Sold
32,500 EUR
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Description

  • A large silver ice-cream dish and a set of twelve silver plates, from the Mackay service, Tiffany, New York, circa 1875
  • silver
  • The bowl 38.5 cm diam., 5.000 g ; 15in., 160oz 15dwt
the bowl resting on four feet shaped as elephant trunks, the sides decorated with panels of Scottish thistles and Irish shamrocks, with monogram MLM and coat-of-arms with motto Et Dieu Mon Appui, the plates with same pattern, the cup numbered 4878 - 5635 M for Edward C. Moore, 208/5, the plates numbered 4880 5635, with inventory number /3: 130, 140, 141, 145, 146, 147, 150, 151, 153, 157, 158, and 161

Provenance

John W. Mackay, Virginia-City, Nevada 
According to oral tradition, given by Queen Elizabeth II of England to the Maharani of Baroda
Bought by the present owner to the Maharani of Baroda in 1974.

Literature

For the ice dish, see Charles Carpenter, Tiffany Silver, 1997, p. 56, nr 60.

Catalogue Note

The Mackay service, was ordered by John Mackay for his wife Marie-Louise in the 1870's for 24 person, and comprised 1.250 pieces. Mackay sent half ton of silver directly to Tiffany's from his Comstock Lode mines of Virginia-City, Nevada. Charles Carpenter notes in his book on Tiffany silver that this service is the prototype of the really somptuous diner service of the Victorian America
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