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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-27-2005 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I just found this at the Cincinnati Art Museum web site and thought this forum's members would find it interesting:

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Cincinnati Art Museum - Tiffany Loving Cup

Tiffany & Co., Loving Cup, 1894-1902, Museum Purchase: Lawrence Archer Wachs Fund, 00/01.97.

By the late 19th century, the United States had become a wealthy, industrialized world power and as such set out to establish a cultural identity of its own. Aesthetically, the search for this new identity led to the use of many overtly American themes and symbols, such as arctic exploration, indigenous flora and fauna and the Native American. The depiction of the Native American as a "noble savage" was quite popular in America in the late 19th century. In the manufacturing of silver, Tiffany & Co. explored the rich heritage of Native Americans as a design source and produced many wares in this truly American style.

The Loving Cup, recently acquired by the Cincinnati Art Museum, is one of Tiffany & Co.'s finest examples in Native American style silver. It dates from 1894 to 1902, stands nearly 15 inches tall and weighs over 200 oz (12.5 lbs.). .....


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iconnumber posted 04-27-2005 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From a caption next to a photograph of the same loving cup, found in Magnificent Tiffany Silver by John Loring, design director at Tiffany & Co:

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Loving cup with two bison-horn handles chased with a George Catlin scene of a Native American bison hunt. The stem and collar of the 15-inch-tall cup have copper and niello Native American motifs, and the collar is applied with the Native American war shields that were first used on the Bennett candelabra in 1875. The hunting scene was almost certainly the work of Eugene Soligny, and the geometrical Native American patterns were probably designed by Paulding Farnham. The base is engraved "Eugene Higgins 1900." Higgins, an heir to his father's huge carpet manufacturing fortune, devoted his life to hunting, yachting, golf, coach racing, and fencing: on his 309-foot steam yacht Varuna he entertained King Christian of Denmark, Grand Duke Alexis of Russia, and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. In 1909 Varuna sank after striking a reef off Madeira; all but one of the 65 passengers and crew survived, and Higgins was awarded a gold medal by the French government for saving the lives of two French guests. Upon his death in 1948 he left a $40 million trust fund for scientific research. The Cincinatti Art Museum bought the loving cup at Christie's for $237,000 on January 18, 2001.

Loring's book has photographs of numerous other trophies and loving cups in a similar style.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-20-2005 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a point of information. Tiffany was the underbidder on this piece.

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iconnumber posted 11-28-2005 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AMD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Watch for an article on this loving cup to appear in The Magazine Antiques's January 2006 issue.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-15-2006 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some other links to threads about trophies:

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2006 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A follow on article to the Tiffany buffalo loving cup is in the March issue of The Magazine Antiques by Amy Miller Dehan. This is another excellent article and this time covers Tiffany’s Tiger Hunt Loving Cup and several other pieces. These beautiful objects were made toward the end of what Wendell Garrett once described as the “More is not enough” chapter in American design.

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2006 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for outwest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cincinnati Art Museum seems to have a lot of very nice things. In many books I read there is a reference to something in their collection or opinions from their curators. They seem to pop up a lot.
Has anyone here every been there? Is it a fullsize, nice museum?

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iconnumber posted 03-09-2006 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You may enjoy seeing some information about the Cincinnati Art Museum from their web site.

http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/

I have not had the opportunity to see the museum in person, but from all I have heard it is a "full size nice museum"; certainly they have skilled, knowledgeable curators as shown by recent articles in The Magazine Antiques. Cincinnati is a river town with a strong German heritage. In many respects it is similar to St. Louis, the town I grew up in, and only lacks the small remaining French and Spanish influence St. Louis enjoys from its initial settlers.

Some years ago I remember a New Yorker on hearing that I was from St. Louis, saying that I was fortunate to be in the skiing region of the United States. That was my first realization that people on the east coast and maybe the west coast sometimes have a lack of knowledge about the mid-west.

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iconnumber posted 03-09-2006 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for outwest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep. I have a lack of knowledge, that's for sure. I've been on both coasts, but never in the middle.

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