Fine Silver

All that Glitters is Not Gold – the Mastery of Silver

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Tiffany & Co
Tiffany & Co. silver has graced our households since 1837. Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany, Tiffany & Co. always had a supreme tradition of excellence and craftsmanship. By 1850, Charles Lewis was one of the world’s foremost silversmiths.
In 1851 the company partnered with New York silversmith John C. Moore to create hollowware pieces. He followed the standard English sterling – 925 parts per 1,000 parts silver, which was later also adopted by the United States. The expansion of wealth in America created a ever expanding demand for silver objects.
Tiffany fashioned the plentiful metal into new and exciting lavish designs that symbolized the extravagant décor and dining habits of the Gilded Age. The various designs were inspired by Moore’s numerous volumes on architecture, horticulture and metallurgy as well as  collections of Japanese lacquer, Islamic glass, Middle and Far Eastern tiles and textiles, and European porcelains.
Currently, Tiffany & Co.’s hollowware workshop in Parsippany, NJ, is one of the last remaining producers of hand-wrought silver in the United States. Tiffany’s silver legacy is still luminous in candlesticks, tea sets, trays, vases, bowls, pitches and silverware. The most acclaimed pattern, Chrysanthemum, is the most ornate of all the American patterns, featuring flowing curves and blooming plants that foreshadow Art Nouveau.
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Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Pattern

Tiffany’s most celebrated flatware patterns currently include Century, dedicated to the company’s 100th anniversary, created in 1937 and Bamboo, welcomed in 1965 and the winner of the International design award. Each design uniquely represents the Tiffany legacy and rich heritage we have all welcomed into our homes and celebrate our most memorable moments with. 

Tiffany & Co. Century Pattern

Tiffany & Co. Bamboo Pattern

Founded by Jabez Gorham and Henry L. Webster in Providence, RI, Gorham Silver would grow to be one of the world’s leaders in silver. Just starting out, the company’s main product was spoons of coin silver, in addition to thimbles, combs, jewelry and other small items. In 1842, a tariff was enacted which blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States, which greatly aided the American silver industry and fueled demand.
In 1847, Jabez Gorham’s son, John Gorham headed the company and introduced new mechanized production methods and began to improve designs and expand the product line. In 1852 Gorham traveled to many workshops in Europe to recruit craftsmen and toolmakers to train his American workers one of whom was Geroge Wilkinson, a premier designer and workshop manager from England.
By bringing in new talent and creating pieces that reflect nothing but excellent, John Gorham created The Gorham Manufacturing Company in 1890. All through the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th, Gorham attracted of the finest designers and silver artisans of the world.  As business expanded, Gorham began creating one-of-a king pieces for major world figures and events which would expand their profile and introduce them to a much larger international clientele.
The Gorham brand continues to operate today carrying the same principles its founders laid in the foundation. Gorham stands as the best American silverwork equivalent to the best in Europe and Far East. Today, Gorham silver is best known for its silverware by the most popular patterns including Chantilly, Strasbourg, Melrose, Fairfax and Buttercup.
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Gorham Chantilly Pattern

Gorham Strasbrourg Pattern

Georg Jensen
In 1904, history was made. The 38 year old Georg Jensen opened a small silver smithy in the heart of Copenhagen. This workshop at 36 Bredgade became the base of all of his creative endeavors. Since it’s beginnings, Jensen’s silversmiths have transmitted their tools and techniques throughout generations of artisans which continued the brand’s long standing tradition for quality and craftsmanship that we still see today.
Georg Arthur Jensen, born in 1866, quickly found his calling in life. After studying sculpting he spent many years travelling the world to polish his craft. Upon opening his shop, he gained much recognition for his amazingly crafted art-deco jewelry and then his impeccable silverware and hollowware. His widespread success and acknowledgment propelled Jensen to expand his stores across Europe and then New York.
One of his first great works was the Grape Collection. Georg Jensen’s homage to Italy’s antique grape motif’s and paintings, the Grape Collection appeared in the early 1900’s.
Ninety years later, Jensen’s design studio created the Moonlight Grapes ring. Still upholding the classical minimal allure, the Grape ring remains signature Jensen. Handcrafted in sterling silver, the Grape Ring pays tribute to the original grape collection of 1915.

Georg Jensen Grape Bowl and Moonlight Grape Ring

To this day the essence of the Georg Jensen brand remains true to its roots. Excellent prevails most of all in all of the creations the brand puts out. From the jewelry, brooches, silverware to hollowware, the Jensen name is still celebrated as one of the finest silver makers of the world.
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In the beginning of his career, Italian Goldsmith Mario Buccellati (1891-1965) carried on a family tradition dating back from the early 18th Century. In 1919 he opened his shop near the La Scala Opera House in Milan, and was the first among Italian Goldsmiths to open a shop on Fifth Ave in New York and later in Palm Beach. As his popularity gained, his clientele came to include the Vatican and the Royal Courts of Europe, leading to his nickname, “The Prince of Goldsmiths.” Mario Buccellati drew upon the work of the Renaissance and Eighteen Century craftsman for design.

Mario’s son, Gianmaria Buccellati, became apprenticed to his father at the age of 14. Following his father’s death in 1965, he expanded the business and opened new shops around the world. Gianmaria became a leading designer of jewelry, as well as silver and gold objects dart. The quality of Buccellatti’s product was a direct result of Gianmaria personally choosing his master craftsmen to execute his designs.

Particularly, the Esteval pattern was named after a famous Villa in Portugal, designed with Classic Italian nature inspiration; introduced around 1920 and was continuously produced until 2001. Buccellati retained most of the global distribution rights for their sterling flatware patterns as well as much of their hollowware pieces.

The production of Estaval was last carried out under Gianagelo Pradella. He was considered the best silver producer in Italy. After his retirement he closed the factory and the pattern was no longer produced.
Since the closing of Pradella’s factory, Gino Buccellati of Bologna has been replicating patterns over the past 6 years, reintroducing Torchon and Borgia. To this day, the Buccellati family name sets the standard for impeccable craftsmanship and style in all things gold and silver.
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Buccellati Torchon Pattern

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