Loving Cup

Tiffany & Co. (American, estab. 1837)1897

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati art Museum’s monumental loving cups (accession numbers 2004.9 & 2001.16) demonstrate the significant role and range of exotic influences in nineteenth-century decorative arts, while underscoring Tiffany & Co.’s ability to conceive ingenious, masterfully crafted silver in a variety of fashions for the entertainment and consumption of its wealthy clientele.

This cup, made in 1897, depicts American Indians on horseback hunting bison, a nostalgic scene inspired by a print from George Catlin’s “North American Indian Portfolio” of 1845. The cup’s base is worked to simulated buffalo hide, bear claws, and a bold geometric design of inlaid copper and niello (a black metallic alloy) inspired by Native American basketwork, pottery, and textiles. Bison horns form the cup’s handles.

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  • Title: Loving Cup
  • Creator: Tiffany & Co. (American, estab. 1837)
  • Date Created: 1897
  • Location Created: New York, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm), Diam. rim: 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm), Diam. base: 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm); gross weight: 219 oz
  • Credit Line: Museum Purchase: Lawrence Archer Wachs Fund
  • Accession Number: 2001.16
  • Type: Silver/Metal
  • Medium: Silver, copper, niello and horn


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