Our featured museum piece is this stunning 6-piece tea service from Tiffany & Co.'s Chrysanthemum pattern. This rare set is estimated to be worth over $50,000 and features the distinct styling of Charles Grosjean. Chrysanthemum is one of Tiffany & Co.'s most sought-after designs. Although the pattern was first crafted in 1880, it remained fashionable through the Great Depression, when it was discontinued in 1934. Popular demand resulted in Tiffany & Co. reintroducing the pattern and offering it until 1955.
This particular set features a tea pot, coffee pot, kettle with stand, sugar, creamer, and waste bowl. What makes this tea service truly extraordinary is the backstamp. The stamp indicates that the pattern was produced for display at the World’s Columbian Exhibition. Celebrated in 1893, the exhibition commemorated the 400-year anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the new world. The opening ceremonies were attended by 140,000 people. Unique to this extraordinary fair was the first giant Ferris wheel, designed by George Ferris. The fair was also home to the world’s largest building. When one entered the Manufacturers and Liberal Arts building, they were greeted by 89 different galleries and a 120 foot tall clock. There were many attractions at the World’s Columbian Exhibition, including the phonograph machine, the electricity display, and this beautiful tea service. When the fair ended, this set of silver was sold to a private collector.
Each piece in this astonishing and weighty sterling silver pattern features a design that elegantly incorporates the elements of nature. Natural motifs were very popular in the applied arts during the latter half of the 19th century. During a time that was noted for heavy ornamentation, nature would often serve as inspiration for great design. Chrysanthemum represents one of the last great designs of the Victorian period. Although this set is not for sale, Replacements, Ltd. carries many pieces in the Chrysanthemum pattern that are for sale. Click here to explore non-monogrammed pieces in the Chrysanthemum pattern. If you are interested in viewing and purchasing pieces with a monogram, then click here. Get pieces in this rare pattern while they are available!