About this artwork
Executed in the “neo-grec” style, this suite of silver was commissioned by the United States government and presented to Viscount d’Itajubá of Brazil in gratitude for his role in arbitrating grievances between the United States and Great Britain after the American Civil War. It was the first of three identical suites made by Tiffany and Company, as indicated on each piece by the “No. 1” stamped on the underside. Figures and symbols decorating these objects represent ancient Greek themes. The handles on the punch bowl (1985.221.3) portray Dionysus, the god of wine, and the wine coolers depict facemasks of Silenus, a woodland god and Dionysus’s constant companion. The full-figure, chased plaques on the wine coolers represent Agriculture and Commerce and were meant to symbolize the continued stability and prosperity of the United States after the Civil War.
- Tiffany and Company (Manufacturer)
- Pair of Wine Coolers
- New York City
- Marked on bottom: TIFFANY & CO. (in convex rectangle) / 2963 / Quality 925.1000 (in rectangle) / M (in oval) /5200/ UNION SQUARE (in convex rectangle) Marked on underside of one foot: No. 1.
- Each h.: 35 cm (13 3/8 in.)
- Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society