For more than a century, the City of Newark was the thriving center of the precious metal industry in the United States and home to the design workshops of famed jewelry goldsmiths and silversmiths such as Tiffany & Co. and Krementz. The glamorous core of this exhibition consists of unique Tiffany & Co. pieces that can be found in no other museum in the nation.
The tall "Greek" vase (at right) given to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ballantine in 1903 celebrated the great Newark beer-brewing family's generosity. A massive seven-light candelabrum, designed for Tiffany by Paulding Farnham, was shown in the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. A jewel-encrusted coffee set in the "Viking" style was also designed by Farnham for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, while a pair of art-deco candelabra were custom-made by Tiffany for the 1939 New York World's Fair.
City of Silver and Gold showcases more than 100 objects drawn from the Museum’s holdings documenting the rise of the city’s gold and silver industry from modest beginnings in the early 1800s to national prominence by the turn of the 20th century.
This exhibition is part of New Jersey's 350th anniversary celebration.