American Decorative Arts
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Manufacturer: Tiffany and Company, American, founded 1837

Napkin Clips

1879

Sterling silver, gilding, and enamel

2 1/2 × 3 7/16 in. (6.3 × 8.7 cm, 47 g) other (body): 1 3/4 × 1/2 in.(4.445 × 1.27 cm) other (wings): 2 3/8 × 1 1/2 in.(6.033 × 3.81 cm)
Gift of Mrs. John Hill Morgan and Mrs. Joseph Hersey, by exchange, and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Holzer
1991.51.1.1-.2
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
Status: 
On view*
Provenance: 

John and Marie Louise Hungerford Mackey, Paris, France and London, England; descent through the Mackey family; sold Christie's Auction, June 25, 1991; purchased for Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. by Mrs. John Hill Morgan, Mrs. Joseph Hersey, and Mr. Philip Holzer.

Bibliography: 

Christie’s, New York, American Furniture, Silver, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (June 25, 1991), 23, lot 16, ill.

“Acquisitions 1991,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1992): 152, ill.

Charles L. Venable, D. Albert Soeffing, and Tom Jenkins, Silver in America, 1840–1940: A Century of Splendor, ed. Gerald W. R. Ward, exh. cat. (Seattle, WA: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 112.

Donald C. Pierce and David A. Hanks, Art and Enterprise: American Decorative Art, 1825-1917: the Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection, exh. cat. (Atlanta, GA: High Museum of Art, 1999), 196, no. 98.

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 289, no. 180, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.