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Arts of North America

Art created in North America includes objects made by native cultures of the present-day United States and Canada; paintings and decorative arts produced during colonial times; 18th- and 19th-century masterpieces; and the work of contemporary artists and photographers.

New York, est. 1837
Punch Bowl
Sterling silver with gilt

8 1/8 x 15 5/8 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Museum Collectors

Arts of North America

As exemplified by this magnificent punch bowl, the New York Yacht Club commissioned, as prizes for its yacht races, some of the finest examples of American presentation silver. The bowl's hammered surface and applied decoration were inspired by Japanese metalworking techniques, a specialty of Tiffany & Co. in the 19th century. Wonderfully complex and creative in design, this punch bowl is abundantly embellished with images of shrimp, kelp, shells, and coral—all fitting decorative motifs for a nautical prize.