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Artist: Maker unknown (Europe)

Retailer: Tiffany & Company (active New York, New York, 1837-present)

Date: 1878-1900
Medium: Silk, ivory, gilt pigment
Overall: 13 3/4in. (34.9cm)
Signed: Box signed: “Tiffany & Co., Union Square, New York: Avenue de L'Opera 36 Bis, Paris. Grand Prix Exposition Universelle: 1878 and 1889.”
Credit Line: Proctor Collection
Object number: PC. 684.34a-b
Label Text
This Tiffany & Company silk fan with original satin box was made from 1878 to 1889, for retail at the Grand Prix Exposition Universelle in Paris, France, also known as the 1889 Paris World's Fair. The Paris Exposition was held to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution. Americans noted with pride that the United States garnered more medals than any other foreign nation at the 1889 exposition. Louis Comfort Tiffany won a grand prize for his works in silver.