Massive Tiffany "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Punch Ladle
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A true punch ladle with a double spouted bowl, this huge piece in every aspect reflects the opulence of the Gilded Age of which it is a product.
Its first extravagance shows in its size. It measures 14 1/2" long and weighs an immense 11.7 T. oz. The gold finished bowl has a span of 4" spout to spout, is 3 1/4" front to back, and has a depth of 1 3/8". It holds approximately 4 ounces of liquid.
The pattern is "Chrysanthemum" by Tiffany. This is a highly expressive and richly textured design, which shows to its complete fullness at this scale.
Marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1880," along with a capital "M," this traces to early in the production history of the line, dating no later than 1891.
An estate piece in superb condition, it has a script "TT" monogram. It evidences no polishing wear and has a brilliant, naturally patinated finish. There is some slight wear to the gold wash in the bowl and one area in the base with a visible small scratch (see image 2).