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Tiffany Studios

“Poppy” Mosaic Inkstand

Property of a Private California Collection

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

“Poppy” Mosaic Inkstand

“Poppy” Mosaic Inkstand

Property of a Private California Collection

Tiffany Studios

“Poppy” Mosaic Inkstand 


circa 1903

with a rare decorated favrile glass inkwell liner and cover

mosaic favrile glass, favrile glass, patinated bronze

impressed 28289/TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company monogram

liner engraved L.C.T.

3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm) high

4 in. (10.2 cm) diameter

Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, the inkstand presents an extraordinarily rich and complex glass selection, with an artistic mix of vibrant and earthy tones applied with a luminous iridescence. The mosaic appears entirely original and undisturbed. 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. The bronze surfaces with some occasional minor surface scratches, abrasions, light wear and traces of oxidation, consistent with age and gentle handling. The rare decorated favrile glass liner presents a vibrant orange hue with iridized surface; the ruffled texture of the upper surface of the liner accentuates the iridescence. The glass with scattered minor air bubbles, particulate inclusions and surface irregularities inherent in the making and not visually distracting. The interior of the liner with some extremely minor scattered red spotting, inherent in the sprayed application of the iridescent surface treatment and not visually distracting and only visible upon very close inspection. The outer perimeter of the liner’s ruffled collar with two old restorations: one stabilizing a crack measuring approximately 1 ½ inch long; the other is a small infill to a minor loss on the outer edge. These two restorations are concentrated on one side of the collar. The favrile glass stopper is in very good condition with some light wear and with some pitting to the underside consistent with age and not visible when the stopper is placed. A rare and elaborate work with a superb glass selection and fine sculptural details which has remained in the same family since it was originally acquired from the firm.


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 Family Collection, California, acquired directly from the firm, circa 1903
Thence by descent to the present owner
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: Rebel in Glass, New York, 1964, p. 185 (for the model illustrated in a period photograph of Clara Driscoll in her workroom at Tiffany Studios, 1901)
Paul E. Doros, The Tiffany Collection of the Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, Norfolk, VA, 1978, p. 149
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 43
Takeo Horiuchi, ed., The World of Louis Comfort Tiffany: A Selection from the Anchorman Collection, Nagoya, Japan, 1994, p. 130
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, pp. 428 and 430
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, pp. 74 and 110 (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