On the rim of the neck, turtles appear to emerge from the interior surrounded by pond flora.
French silversmith André Bouilhet admired Tiffany’s exhibit praising the “wit and imagination” of this vase. Each turtle’s neck is inlaid with copper.
The playful interlocking of the terrapins climbing the vase relates to pre-conquest Inca and Meso-American designs. Tiffany called this vase “Peruvian” form.
Purchased at the fair by Lieut.- Col. & Mrs. A. J. Kane, the vase has descended in the family until now. This is the first time it has been on the market since 1893.