TIFFANY STUDIOS | "TURTLE-BACK" TRIPLE INKSTAND
Property from the Collection of Jeep and Carla Harned
"TURTLE-BACK" TRIPLE INKSTAND
patinated bronze, leaded glass
impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/1071 and monogrammed EGW
4⅝ in. (11.7 cm) high
7 in. (17.7 cm) diameter
Overall in very good condition. The patinated bronze surfaces present with a rich marbled brown and green patina with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions and light wear to the patina consistent with age and gentle use. The bronze with some minor traces of residue, surface soiling and oxidation concentrated to the recessed contours and with some scattered minor discolorations and areas of ink residue. The inkstand rotates freely as intended. The Turtle-Back favrile glass tiles all appear to be original and undisturbed and present with strong jewel tone iridescence when viewed firsthand. The caming surrounding the Turtle-Back tiles with some occasional scratches and abrasions consistent with age and use. One of the green Turtle-Backs on the inkwell cover appears to have been reset and displays with traces of dried adhesive residue to the underside and the tile displays some minor movement; the caming surrounding the tile with some irregularities suggesting it had been previously restored. This tile would benefit from further stabilization. Each inkwell with a period bronze liner. The inkstand is engraved with an ornate “EGW” monogram. An exceptional example of this robust and ingenious design displaying an exceptionally rich patina and superb glass selection.
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.
Private Collection, New England
Christie's New York, December 8, 2000, lot 374
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 54, no. 147
Alastair Duncan, Fin de Siècle Masterpieces from the Silverman Collection, New York, 1989, p. 63
John Loring, Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co., New York, 2002, p. 199