Fish Serving Knife and Fork, "Dolphin" Pattern Manufacturer: Tiffany and Company (American, founded 1837)

1883

American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

This very ornate knife and fork for serving fish is an example of the eclecticism that characterized so much late nineteenth-century design. Produced by Tiffany and Company, the pattern is known as Dolphin and the front of the handles are decorated with classic eighteenth-century ornament associated with grottoes—cattails, shell, dolphins, and a flowing water source. The reverse, however, incorporates mussel shells and seaweed, decorative elements that draw their inspiration from Japonism.

Medium

Sterling silver

Dimensions

Knife: 13 1/8 in. (33.338 cm)
Fork: 10 1/2 in. (26.67 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Ann and Gilbert H. Kinney, B.A. 1953, M.A. 1954

Accession Number

2007.155.2.1-.2

Culture
Period

19th century

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Christie's, New York, sale 7000, The Highly Important American Furniture, Silver, Folk Arts, and Decorative Arts, 20 January 1990, lot 173; by sale to Gilbert H. Kinney, Washington, D. C.; gift to Yale University Art Gallery 2007.
Bibliography
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008," in "Recent Acquisitions," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008), 171
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Object/Work type

fish forks (place forks), fish knives

Marks

Stamped on the back of each shaft "TIFFANY & CO. STERLING 1883.M"

Inscriptions

Each engraved with stylized foiliage and monogram "EN."

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