Tiffany & Company (American, founded 1853). <em>Tray or Waiter</em>, ca. 1893. Silver, agate, 2 x 21 x 21 x 21 in. (5.1 x 53.3 x 53.3 x 53.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Modernism Benefit Fund, 87.182. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.182_bw.jpg)

Tray or Waiter

Artist:Tiffany & Company

Medium: Silver, agate

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1893

Dimensions: 2 x 21 x 21 x 21 in. (5.1 x 53.3 x 53.3 x 53.3 cm)


Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930


Accession Number: 87.182

Image: 87.182_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Circular tray or waiter (plateau sur table), raised on 10 stepped, ornamented feet, each representing stylized Aztec deity and each crowned by scalloped, semi-circular, brown and black agate disk headdress that rises above gallery. Between each foot is sloping pierced band with stylized, engraved ornament. Between the headdresses is gallery of low, pierced arcade of repeating arches, each centered with small, elaborate cartouche. Center of tray slopes in concave curve away from gallery; surface is ornamented with acid-etched replica of the Aztec sun calendar. CONDITION: Normal wear. One agate headdress (just left of lower center) replaced with enameled copper.

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