Property from the Geyer Collection
with period favrile glass inkwell liner
patinated bronze, favrile glass
base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/12/12 with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company monogram
inkwell liner engraved L.C.T.
3 x 11¾ x 3¾ in. (7.6 x 29.8 x 9.5 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The bronze surfaces with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, and light wear, consistent with age and gentle handling. The bronze with some minor traces of surface soiling and oxidation concentrated to the recessed contours of the design, consistent with age. The pen tray with a small area of patina loss measuring approximately 1/8 inch diameter, and with some extremely minor wear to the patina to the edges of the pen tray, only visible upon close inspection. The hinge of the lid is fully operational but is slightly loose and displays minor side to side movement, stable. The original favrile glass inkwell liner is beautifully iridized and displays some extremely minor surface irregularities inherent in the production and not visually distracting, and with some very minor traces of adhesive residue.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Team Antiques, White Plains, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 55
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 434, no. 1717