TIFFANY STUDIOS | "POPPY" MOSAIC INKSTAND
Property from the Geyer Collection
"POPPY" MOSAIC INKSTAND
with a rare decorated favrile glass inkwell liner and cover
mosaic favrile glass, favrile glass, patinated bronze
impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/29936 with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company monogram
inkwell liner engraved L.C.T. Favrile
3¼ in. (8.3 cm) high
4 in. (10.2 cm) diameter
Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, the mosaic favrile glass displays rich iridescence in a brilliant range of jewel tone hues. The mosaic is sensitively executed with in a gradient that shifts between vibrant red, magenta, turquoise, green and golden tones. The tiles with some occasional very small and minor clamshell chips and surface flecks, some of which is possibly inherent in the natural pitting of the glass, all consistent with age and gentle handling. A cluster of six mosaic tiles display very slight variation in color and pattern to the surrounding tiles, indicating that they are possibly replaced favrile glass, however the surrounding grouting appears undisturbed. The bronze surfaces present with a rich brown patina with scattered extremely minute surface scratches and abrasions consistent with age and gentle handling. The bronze surfaces with some extremely minor and light traces of surface soiling concentrated to the recessed contours of the design consistent with age, and with some occasional light wear to the patina. With a rare period Tiffany decorated favrile glass liner and cover, both in excellent condition. The liner and cover present with intense iridescence and a highly complementary blue, seafoam green and lavender color palette. The glass with some extremely minor air bubbles and particulate inclusions inherent in the making. The ruffled molding is finely articulated, and such a dense surface texture catches the light beautifully, making the liner and cover brilliantly luminous. The underside of the liner with some surface pitting, inherent to the natural aging of the material. A highly artistic and naturalistic design from Tiffany's "fancy goods" line with exceptionally rich coloration.
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.
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Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 43
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Takeo Horiuchi, ed., The World of Louis Comfort Tiffany: A Selection from the Anchorman Collection, Nagoya, Japan, 1994, p. 130
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Atglen, PA, 2001, p. 115 (for the above mentioned period photograph)
John Loring, Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co., New York, 2002, p. 191
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, pp. 368 and 369 (for the above mentioned period photograph)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 428, no. 1701 and p. 430, no. 1709
Martin Eidelberg, Nina Gray and Margaret K. Hofer, A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, exh. cat., New York Historical Society, 2007, p. 74, fig. 37 and p. 110, fig. 66 (for the above mentioned period photograph)
Kelly A. Conway and Lindsy R. Parrott, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, exh. cat., Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, 2017, p. 200