This exceptional 207-piece antique Tiffany & Co. sterling silver flatware service for 12 is crafted in the highly desirable Chrysanthemum pattern. Introduced in 1878 and patented in 1880, the Chrysanthemum pattern is considered among Tiffany’s most beautiful and luxurious designs. The brainchild of renowned designer Charles T. Grosjean, the motif incorporates traditional Baroque shapes with a modern, nature-inspired motif. Chrysanthemum quickly became the most highly prized and luxurious of all Tiffany patterns. To find a set in such complete, pristine condition, nestled in its original chest and stand, is truly exceptional.
Charles T. Grosjean was one of the most influential silversmiths in Tiffany’s history. The son of a silversmith, he joined Tiffany as the manager of the company’s Prince Street silverworks and he quickly became a driving force in the overall success of Tiffany’s silver business. Grosjean’s designs are among the most enduring of the Tiffany patterns and include Chrysanthemum, Lap-over-Edge, and English King. Chrysanthemum, however, found particular favor with Victorian socialites and new brides despite the fact that it was one of the most costly of the Tiffany patterns to produce. The pattern was carried over to many forms of hollowware as well, which also enjoyed tremendous popularity. Chrysanthemum is still considered the top pattern Tiffany & Co. ever produced.
Pieces are marked “TIFFANY & CO/STERLING/PAT. 1890 M”