What are these?
Wow, how beautiful! These napkin clips were designed by Charles Grosjean for Tiffany & Company when John W. Mackay, a poor Irish immigrant, got rich looking for silver in Nevada. He sent Tiffany & Co. a half ton of silver and requested a 1,250 piece dinner service of which these were a part. To use them, the wings would be pinched and the body would separate to clasp onto a napkin.
Its beautiful! I like the simple design. Tiffany did a lot more than lamps?
This toast rack, while it looks very modern, was actually created around 1880. The industrial designer and a leading designer of his time, Christopher Dresser, created forward-looking designs.
Tiffany has created an array of objects ranging from lamps, to stained glass windows, to jewelry (probably the things they are best known for) as well as household objects like this toast holder. On the 5th floor in one of the galleries we even have "napkin clips" on display, made by Tiffany! They are beautiful little butterfly-shaped napkin clips.
So cool! Thank you!
I would like to know what style of enamel these are -- plique a jour or champleve?
Hi--great question! Let me see if we have any info on that, it may take a moment. Are you an artist who works with enamel?
Yes I am!
Very cool! These were made with champlevé.
Are napkin clips used more like paperweights or for beautiful decoration for the table?
They are used more for decoration and to hold the folded napkins' shape than to weigh them down. These clips were part of a 1,250 piece silver dinner service designed by Tiffany. The table must have looked absolutely gorgeous when it was fully set!
Would these be clipped to clothing?
They are actually Tiffany napkin rings!