A similar ewer, also in the neo-Grec style, was presented to Abraham Lincoln in 1861 in honor of his first inauguration as President of the United States. The ewer was on loan to the Smithsonian from 1969 to 2006.  

Tiffany & Co. Etruscan ewer, model 809. Decorated with Great Seal of the United States and inscribed 'To the President of the United States Abraham Lincoln from his Washington Friends March 4, 1861'.

Tiffany & Co.

The name Tiffany is now synonymous with luxury around the globe, but the company was born from slightly more humble beginnings. In 1837, 25-year-old Charles Lewis Tiffany and his friend John Young opened a stationary and fancy goods store in New York City on Broadway. Catering to fashionable men and women, they purveyed a new “American style” more inspired by the natural world rather than the ceremonial patterns and ornamented Victorian opulence of earlier decades. In 1853, Charles Tiffany took control of the company and renamed it Tiffany & Co. By then, he had already introduced their signature, and now iconic, robin’s egg blue color.

Tiffany’s silver studio, headed by celebrated silversmith Edward C. Moore, was the first American school of design. Moore compiled an enormous collection of sketches and artwork, encouraging apprentices both to study them as well as to observe and sketch the natural world. Under his guidance, the studio developed their own design identity and became famous for elegant, Japonesque-style silver and glittering gemstone and diamond jewelry. Tiffany & Co. became the first American company to adopt the British silver standard of using only 92% pure metal, and he achieved international acclaim at the 1867 Paris World’s Fair where he was awarded the Grand Prix for silver craftsmanship; it was the first time an American design firm had been honored so by a foreign jury.

By 1870, Tiffany & Co. had become the premier silversmith in America and leading purveyor of jewels and timepieces. Tiffany purchased crown jewels from France and Spain, revolutionized the engagement ring with solitaire prong-set stones, and by the end of the century would be known as the “King of Diamonds”—a fitting title for someone who was appointed Royal Jeweler to the crowned heads of Europe, the Ottoman Emperor, and the Czar of Russia. The firm won numerous awards at international exhibitions, employed more than one thousand people, and had established branches in London, Geneva, and Paris prior to Tiffany’s death in 1902. His son, Louis Comfort Tiffany (founder of Tiffany Studios), then took the helm and became design director.

Auction Results Tiffany & Co.

TIFFANY & CO., Diamond and gold ‘Vannerie’ necklace | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Diamond and gold ‘Vannerie’ necklace
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $11,250

TIFFANY & CO., marine-themed tankard | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

marine-themed tankard
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $10,000

TIFFANY & CO., Sapphire and diamond bracelet | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Sapphire and diamond bracelet
estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $10,000

TIFFANY & CO., seven-piece tea and coffee service with tray | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

seven-piece tea and coffee service with tray
estimate: $5,000–8,000
result: $7,800

TIFFANY & CO., cup | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

cup
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500

TIFFANY & CO., Fox head bracelet | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Fox head bracelet
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $7,500

TIFFANY & CO., Gold ‘Atlas’ necklace | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Gold ‘Atlas’ necklace
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $5,937

TIFFANY & CO., Clinton flatware service | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Clinton flatware service
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,000

TIFFANY & CO., five-piece tea and coffee service | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

five-piece tea and coffee service
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $4,375

TIFFANY & CO., Gold chevron necklace | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Gold chevron necklace
estimate: $1,800–2,200
result: $4,062

TIFFANY & CO., Pair of diamond eternity bands | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Pair of diamond eternity bands
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,062

TIFFANY & CO., Amethyst and diamond beetle ear clips | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Amethyst and diamond beetle ear clips
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,750

TIFFANY & CO., bread plates, set of twelve with presentation box | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

bread plates, set of twelve with presentation box
estimate: $1,500–2,200
result: $3,500

TIFFANY & CO., Art Deco diamond and sapphire circle brooch | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Art Deco diamond and sapphire circle brooch
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,250

TIFFANY & CO., Gold and diamond bracelet | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Gold and diamond bracelet
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,250

TIFFANY & CO., Faneuil flatware service | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Faneuil flatware service
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,120

TIFFANY & CO., Colored diamond engagement ring | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Colored diamond engagement ring
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,072

TIFFANY & CO., Ruby and diamond rooster brooch | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Ruby and diamond rooster brooch
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,000

TIFFANY & CO., hot milk jug | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

hot milk jug
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $2,860

TIFFANY & CO., Indian style dish | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Indian style dish
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $2,860

TIFFANY & CO., inkstand | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

inkstand
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,500

TIFFANY & CO., water pitcher | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

water pitcher
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $2,340

TIFFANY & CO., bon bon server | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

bon bon server
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,210

TIFFANY & CO., coffee pot | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

coffee pot
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $2,210