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Tiffany Studios

"Crab" Inkstand

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

"Crab" Inkstand

"Crab" Inkstand

Tiffany Studios

"Crab" Inkstand


circa 1902

with a period clear glass inkwell liner

patinated bronze, shell

impressed 29233/TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company monogram and numbered 3

4 x 7 3/4 x 8 3/8 in. (10.2 x 19.7 x 21.3 cm)

Overall in excellent condition. The bronze surfaces throughout with scattered extremely minor surface scratches and abrasions consistent with age and gentle use. The claws and feet with some very light rubbing to the patina consistent with handling. The crab’s shell and pot that holds the inkwell with some possible enhancement to the patina. The shell is in excellent condition and presents with natural irregularities to the surface and with some green discoloration near the bottom edge, not visually distracting. The crab’s proper left leg is lifted slightly and does not rest flush on the tabletop which does not affect functionality of the work. With a period clear glass inkwell liner in very good condition with some scattered minor air bubbles and particulate inclusions inherent in the making and with some very minor flecks to the inner edge of the rim consistent with age and use. A superb example of this ingenious and highly sculptural inkstand model displaying an exceptionally deep and rich russet brown patina.  


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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Private Collection, New York
Sotheby's New York, June 12, 2013, lot 11
Macklowe Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 54
John Loring, Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co., New York, 2002, p. 195