This jar was cut and engraved by J. Hoare & Co. in their “Rock Crystal” pattern which is shown in their ACGA catalog reprint. The lid is marked Tiffany & Co and is gold washed on the interior. It is also monogramed on the lid as well. Hoare and Tiffany had strong ties and most of the pieces mounted with Tiffany are top examples. Rock crystal work like this has become some of my favorite of the Brilliant Period – I love the look of the liquid clear glass almost like icicles with fine, polished copper wheel engraving all over.
The perimeter of the jar is cut with clear tusks down the lower half of the piece. Around the upper half, there are vines featuring leaves and clusters of three flower each. Draping downward from each cluster is are more vines and flowers. Each tusk alternates – one has a longer fine with more flowers while the next one has a shorter vine with less. The base of the jar is also finished with the wreath of flowers around the base. The lid of the jar, by Tiffany, is also quite impressive. Rather than sitting completely flush to the lip of the jar, it has an undulating banner of decoration – a completly unique and handsome appointment. The top of the lid is also decorate, as evidenced in the photos.
The jar is in perfect condition with only some minor scratches to the base and the lid has one small dent at the top. It measures 7 1/2″ tall and 5 1/2″ wide. This piece is a gorgeous example of two master artisans – J. Hoare and Tiffany – coming together to produce one of the best products ever made in America or the rest of the world.
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