Nelson & Nelson Antiques Acquires Rare and Exceptional Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set Especially Made by Tiffany's for Exhibition at the 1893 World Exposition

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Nelson & Nelson Antiques is thrilled to announce the acquisition of this rare and exceptional 7-pc. sterling silver tea set made by America’s premier silversmith for exhibition at the hugely successful World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. Objects made for this Fair have always been in great demand and are especially desirable to collectors, not just because of their scarcity, but also because they were made to such extraordinarily high standards.

Nelson & Nelson Antiques is thrilled to announce the acquisition of this rare and exceptional 7-pc. sterling silver tea set made by America’s premier silversmith for exhibition at the hugely successful World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. Objects made for this Fair have always been in great demand and are especially desirable to collectors, not just because of their scarcity, but also because they were made to such extraordinarily high standards.

The Columbian Exposition was the last of the major World’s Fairs to be held in the 19th Century and is considered by historians to have been the greatest and most influential of them all. In a society almost unimaginable to us today where there were no jet planes, no television, no instant communications or internet, a World’s Fair was an ideal forum for countries to share and show off their newest and most exciting developments in the fields of art, design and technology. The success of the Crystal Palace Exposition in London in 1851 launched a series of these World’s Fairs which were phenomenally popular social and cultural events, exerting an influence over international commerce which is almost unimaginable in our high-tech 21st Century world.

Originally planned as a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World, the World’s Columbian Exposition took place at a pivotal point in American history when the still young nation, rapidly making a transition from an agricultural to an industrial society and changing from a country that produced to one that consumed, struggled to re-define itself and to decide how best to present itself on the world’s stage. The companies picked to represent the United States at this Fair were therefore chosen with considerable care and only the most innovative and talented manufacturers were invited to participate.

As America’s most highly-esteemed silversmith, Tiffany was allotted a prominent display area in a prestigious Pavilion, and in response to this honor created a magnificent exhibition featuring only the very finest examples of their superb craftsmanship. The Tiffany “Million Dollar Exhibit” was one of the most popular attractions at the Fair and its excellence was rewarded by a total of 56 medals and the Grand Prize for Silverware. The Tiffany Exhibit included approximately 500 sterling silver items, all of which were especially made for the Fair. Many of these were monumental one-of-a-kind presentation pieces, so the inclusion of this tea set in such lofty and select company is confirmation of its status as one of the finest Tiffany tea sets of the period.

The tea set comprises 7 pieces: a tea pot, a coffee pot, a hot water- kettle on a matching stand, a covered sugar bowl, a creamer and a waste bowl. It has been exquisitely crafted and has the beauty and aesthetic proportions associated with only the very best classical design forms. There is a hint of the neo-Classical style popular in Georgian England in the low paw feet and pretty decorative miniature rose forms, as well as an At Nouveau influence in the softly swirling incised lines which flow gracefully around each piece. It has an elegance and sophistication befitting its provenance as a specially selected exhibition item at such an internationally famed event It is in immaculate condition and in addition to the beautiful craftsmanship it also has a substantial silver content, weighing in at an impressive 170 troy ounces. Each of the pieces is clearly stamped on the base with the Tiffany name and the words Sterling Silver, together with a special emblem of a globe of the world which was used exclusively for items made for the Fair.

This magnificent museum-quality tea set is extremely rare and desirable and would make a wonderful investment, while at the same time turning any tea party into a very special occasion.

Nelson & Nelson Antiques Inc. is a family-owned business run by the husband and wife team of Steve and Marge Nelson since 1975. Their glittering store, located on Park Avenue in the heart of New York City, always showcases a treasure-trove of late 19th Century and early 20th Century antique silver, sterling silver: candle sticks, picture frames, trays, tea sets, hollowware, flatware, vanity items, French antiques and the most comprehensive selection of silver overlay within New York and its surrounding area. There is also a large variety of bronze d’ore picture frames, cut crystal, unique objects of art, beautiful enamels and distinctive Victorian, Edwardian, and Retro jewelry. In their over 30 years of business the Nelsons, together with their friendly and knowledgeable staff, have served thousands of satisfied customers and take pride in ensuring that every visit, either to their store or to their web site, will always be a sterling experience.

For more information visit them at: http://www.NelsonAndNelsonAntiques.com

Or at their store at 445 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. (between 56th and 57th Streets)

Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5.30 p.m. (Closed Saturdays during July and August)

212-980-5825

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