The ‘Chrysanthemum pattern which decorates this set was designed and patented by Charles T. Grosjean in 1880. Each piece bears the intricate motif of its namesake flower. Grosjean was a renowned designer who worked at Tiffany & Co. for less than twenty years but in this short time created some of the firm’s most celebrated designs, the Chrysanthemum pattern being one of them. The pattern combines traditional Baroque elements with modern, naturalistic motifs. The base of the tea service is engraved with an inscription reading ‘December 7th 1904’. The coffee pot, teapot, and waste bowl in this service each have a mark indicating that they were displayed in the Paris Exposition of 1900.