Centerpiece, Tiffany & Co.

American, 1853


Newport Mansions, Chateau Sur Mer

This extraordinary object was designed by Tiffany & Company’s top designer, John C. Moore. Over the years it had been overpolished, removing all the dark oxides from recesses with commercial polishing pastes. From a fall, the central column had been bent, the upper bowl dented, and several screws stripped. We restored the centerpiece by disassembling the entire piece, correcting the structure, repatinating and highlighting all the parts and reassembling it.

Before. Note the lack of definition of the design due to overpolishing, and the tilted upper bowl.

Completed assembly