The Doros Collection: The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

The Doros Collection: The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Louis Comfort Tiffany

Covered Box

Auction Closed

June 7, 10:21 PM GMT


40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details


Louis Comfort Tiffany

Covered Box

circa 1907

executed by Tiffany & Co., New York

sterling silver, cloisonné enamel, opal, turquoise

impressed TIFFANY & CO/MAKERS 2644/STERLING SILVER/925-1000/M

1½ x 5 x 3 in. (3.8 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm)

Max C. Fleischmann
Christie’s East, New York, October 17, 1995, lot 72
John Loring, Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany and Co., New York, 2002, p. 171 (for the present lot illustrated)

Father and Son: Louis C. Tiffany at Tiffany & Company

Charles Lewis Tiffany died on February 18, 1902 at the age of ninety. A month later, Louis Tiffany was elected to serve as Tiffany & Company’s Second Vice-President and shortly thereafter was appointed as the firm’s Art Director. Under Louis Tiffany’s leadership, and with the significant later assistance of Julia Munson and then Meta Overbeck, a series of beautiful jewelry incorporating semi-precious gems, enameled highlights and motifs heavily influenced by nature were produced.

The covered box offered here is a very rare example of Tiffany & Company silver with a jewel-like embellishment designed by Louis Tiffany. The scalloped body has a matching hinged cover that is ornately decorated with a stylized floral motif comprised of opal and turquoise cabochons set among a beaded curvilinear framework on a complimentary green and turquoise cloisonné enamel ground.

A Tiffany & Company archival photograph of the box is labeled J325, indicating it was designed in late 1906-early 1907. Its original owner was Major Maximillian “Max” Charles Fleischmann (1877-1951), an heir to the Fleischmann’s Yeast and Gin fortunes. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, he was a co-owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team as well as being a devoted sportsman, yachtsman, outdoorsman, explorer and philanthropist.

- PD