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Photo: Elizabeth Mann



Tiffany & Co.

New York, New York, founded 1837

This tankard takes the form into the 19th century. Tiffany’s records give the name “Son Chow” to this tankard, which with the lush decoration shows America’s fascination with things exotic. This showpiece was created for the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.
Height: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Gift of Ruth J. Nutt
Provenance: Jonathan Trace, October 27, 1987
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Julie Emerson, former Ruth J. Nutt Curator of Decorative Arts, Seattle Art Museum, and John Marshall, master silversmith and former Professor of Art, University of Washington, discuss the Tiffany tankard


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, An American Sampler, May 18, 2002 - July 4, 2005.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, American Art: The Stories We Carry, Oct. 20, 2022 - ongoing.
Published References"Seattle Art Museum: Bridging Cultures." London: Scala Publishers Ltd. for the Seattle Art Museum, 2007, p. 27

Junker, Patricia. "America in the Artful Age," A Community of Collectors, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2008, p. 185, illus. fig.1, 154.

Loring, John. Magnificient Tiffany Silver, New York, Harry N. Abrams, 2001, p, 195

Blades, John M. and John Loring, Tiffany at the World's Columbian Exposition, Henry Morse Flagler Museum, January 17 - April 16, 2006, no. 134

Grant, Daniel. “Museum Acquisitions: Top Picks of 2014,” Antiques and Fine Art (February 2015): p. 134, reproduced p. 134, fig. 14.

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