Rare and very collectible, Tiffany's Japanese pattern was created in 1871. On the handle is a delicately patterned ground decorated further with a humming bird amidst lovely long and sinuous stemmed flowers. The underside of the ladle handle is decorated with floral and foliate motifs surrounding an area for the placement of a monogram. This ladle has no monogram, and it boasts the rare and more desirable rectangular bowl. The bowl has a pie crust rim. This pattern truly exemplifies the aesthetic movement: the styling bearing the motifs of art nouveau in a stylized fashion clearly approaching art deco. Absolutely pristine condition! The only evidence of age is some very minor surface wear to the bowl. A great addition to a collection! This ladle comes from from the private stock of a Philadelphia collector of 40 years, from whom I am occasionally able to coax a piece or two. Dimensions: the ladle is 12.5" long, the bowl is 4.25" wide, 3" long and 1.25 deep. The ladle handle is 1.25" wide. Weight is 8 ounces. Marks: on the back stem: Tiffany & Co, STERLING and Pat 1871. There is another mark that I cannot make out; presumably a year mark.
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