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Fish Serving Knife and Fork, "Dolphin" Pattern

This very ornate knife and fork for serving fish is an example of the eclecticism that characterized so much late nineteenth-century design. Produced by Tiffany and Company, the pattern is known as Dolphin and the front of the handles are decorated with classic eighteenth-century ornament associated with grottoes-cattails, shell, dolphins, and a flowing water source. The reverse, however, incorporates mussel shells and seaweed, decorative elements that draw their inspiration from Japonism.

Geography: Manufactured in New York, New York

Culture: American

Period: 19th century

Credit: Gift of Ann and Gilbert H. Kinney, B.A. 1953, M.A. 1954

1883
Sterling silver
33.3cm
2007.155.2.1-.2
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