Lot 312
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TIFFANY STUDIOS | "Dragonfly" and "Arrowhead" Cigar Humidor

Estimate
25,000 - 35,000 USD
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Description

  • Tiffany Studios
  • "Dragonfly" and "Arrowhead" Cigar Humidor
  • impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/1659
  • silvered, gilt and enameled bronze, ivorine, cedar liner
  • 4 1/8  x 6 1/2  x 6 in. (10.5 x 16.5 x 15.2 cm)
  • circa 1905
en suite with the following two lots

Provenance

Private Collection, New York, circa 1970
Thence by descent to the present owner

Literature

Elyse Zorn Karlin, Maker and Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry, New York, 2015, p. 149 (for the model)

Catalogue Note

Tiffany’s line of fancy goods offered a bounty of objects for every practical need, executed in an array of design motifs to suit every taste.  They varied in both mechanical and aesthetic complexity, showcasing the firm’s wide range of skilled techniques and Tiffany’s own diverse sources of artistic inspiration.  The present group of humidors and cigar lighter are examples of the great extent to which Tiffany would go to lavish his objects with rich, sumptuous detail, making treasures of the utilitarian.  Their highly patterned surfaces depicting conventionalized dragonflies and upright arrowhead leaves and flowers are not unlike those seen in French design books like Eugène Grasset’s La Plante et ses applications ornementales.  The scheme is further enhanced by the addition of silver and gold plating, as well as green enameling.  Unlike the spontaneity and bold coloring of the works from the Enamel Department at Tiffany Studios, here the enameling is cool and even in tone.  Like patina, it carefully reinforces the relief design.  The modernity of the patterns, the richness of materials, and the elaborate finishes suggest the years around the turn-of-the century when Tiffany Studios spared no expense.
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