Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000
Description: the inverted pear-form cups enameled with bands of arches and gilt flowerheads within blue and red enamel panels, the center enameled with the Hungerford arms beneath a thistle crest and above monogram MLM all on a cream color ground and flanked by gilt foliage on a purple ground and blue cornflower sprays on white ground panels, the loop handles formed of three overlapping leaves, the matching shaped circular saucers enameled with alternating panels of blue flowers on white ground and white flowers on purple ground.
Condition Report: cup 27: chips to enamel near coat of arms.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Provenance: John C. and Mary-Louise (Hungerford) Mackay
Sotheby's, New York, January 28, 30 and 31, 1994, lot 557
Dimensions: diameter of saucer 4in.
Exhibited: Paris Exposition Universelle, 1878, Tiffany display
Literature: Charles H. Carpenter, Jr., Tiffany Silver (revised. 1997), pp. 48-58, 83-85
William P. Hood, Jr., Roslyn Berlin and Edward Wawrynek, Tiffany Silver Flatware 1845-1905, pp. 293-94.