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2 February, 21:45

Not just jewelry: a gold cup from Tiffany & Co.

Not just jewelry: a gold cup from Tiffany & Co.
In the history of jewelry there are many works that have become the calling card of their creators. One of these masterpieces was the gold cup created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1913. This amazing piece not only embodies the highest standard of craftsmanship, but is also a testament to technological excellence and multicultural inspiration.

Tiffany & Co., founded in 1837 in New York, has always been famous for its exquisite jewelry. The Gold Cup has become a shining example of the creativity and luxury that is inherent in this jewelry brand. When this work of magnificence was first exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, it immediately became an object of admiration.
Later, at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, Tiffany's works were also enthusiastically received by the public. Since the mid-1880s, the company he founded produced stained glass windows with religious themes on orders from churches and temples. From the pieces of glass remaining after cutting individual elements of stained glass, the company began to produce lampshades for electric lamps in the type of soldered (mosaic) stained glass. By the end of the 19th century, these products gained great popularity, and the company took a leading position in the market.

This cup is not just a piece of gold and enamel, it is the embodiment of a variety of techniques and styles. The patterns used in its design are inspired by Indian metalworking, giving the cup an exotic appearance. While the transparent enamel technique, revived in France in the late 19th century, harkens back to medieval art, adding depth and sophistication.
According to Tiffany & Co. archives, the gold cup was completed on July 13, 1913. At that time, the cost of its production was $2,500, which was a significant amount at the time. However, you only have to look at this masterpiece to understand that every dollar invested in its creation was worth it.

Today, this jewelry masterpiece represents not only the splendor of a bygone era, but also the legacy of Tiffany & Co.'s craftsmanship and creativity.
Source: art.thewalters.org

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