Property from the Andrew Shine Collection
favrile glass, gilt and enameled bronze
impressed LOUIS C. TIFFANY FURNACES INC. 501 with the firm's monogram
7 in. (17.8 cm) high
8 in. (20.3 cm) diameter
Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, this delicate and complex object displays vibrant iridized violet and cobalt coloration around the perimeter of the coupe surrounding an opalescent coupe that is mold-blown with a basket-weave texture. The glass displays with scattered minor air bubbles, particulate inclusions and minor surface irregularities inherent in the making and not visually detractive. The glass surfaces with some occasional extremely fine and minor surface scratches, consistent with age and gentle handling. The bronze surfaces with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, and wear to the patina consistent with age and gentle handling. The bronze trim around the perimeter of the coupe presents with a few shallow dents, possibly inherent to production. The enamel with a few minor losses, only visible upon close inspection and consistent with age and handling. The enamel with one larger loss measuring approximately 1/4 x 1/8 inch on one of the sections adjacent to the center point of the handle. Formerly in the collection of the Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum, Japan, this lot is accompanied by its custom, velvet-lined Garden Museum box.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum Collection, Matsue, Japan
Michaan's Auctions, Alameda, California, Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum, Japan, November 17, 2012, lot 166
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 270 (for the present lot illustrated)