Tiffany Goes Modern


Set of Four Tiffany Sterling Silver Modernist Cordials or "Pony Shots" (LEO Design)


When I think of Tiffany silver goods, I reflexively picture the heavy and elegant works from the late Nineteenth Century: pitchers engraved with Aesthetic Movement graphics, crawling with the insects, arachnids and amphibians of the period's Darwinian intrigue. But Tiffany, the company, has adapted with the times and, for the most part, succeeded. They are still in business to this day.

In the Post-War Modernist period, Tiffany crafted these little cordials of sterling silver—in keeping with the streamlined aesthetic of the Fifties and Sixties.  The little "beakers" might be used to serve a cordial or after-dinner drink, perhaps a one-ounce "pony shot" as such a small tipple is known.

These cups were sent to me by a customer in New York whose father was the lawyer of the American theatre legend, Alfred Lunt (1892-1977).  Lunt presented them as a gift to the attorney in the Sixties.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.


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