A rare Tiffany Studios richly carved wood, Favrile glass and bronze humidor circa 1910

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Lot 4062
A rare Tiffany Studios richly carved wood, Favrile glass and bronze humidor
circa 1910

Sold for US$ 11,250 inc. premium
A rare Tiffany Studios richly carved wood, Favrile glass and bronze humidor
circa 1910
stamped with the firm's monogram encircled by TIFFANY STUDIOS N.Y.
height 4 1/2in (11.5cm); length 5in (12.8cm); depth 3 3/4in (9.5cm)

Footnotes

  • This rare and meticulously crafted tobacco box is one of the designs included in Tiffany Studios' elite line of wooden "Fancy Goods". The output of these carved wooden humidors, cigarette boxes and card cases was limited to a small number and they were produced for a only a short period of time. First offered through Tiffany and Company, this stunningly naturalistic humidor, which is believed to have been carved from a single piece of wood by Joseph Briggs, was listed in the firm's Blue Books from 1906 to 1912. The box on offer is one of seven known signed examples, three of which are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia, and the Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum, Japan.

    Literature:
    Alastair Duncan, Fin de Siècle Masterpieces from the Silverman Collection, Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, 1989, p. 65 for an illustration of the model.

    Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Louis Comfort Tiffany at The Metropolitan Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1998, p. 91 for an illustration of the example belonging to the museum.

    Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, 2001, front cover and p. 206 for illustrations of the model belonging to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.

    John Loring, Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co., Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 2002, p. 194.

    Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Antique Collectors' Club, 2004, p. 357 for an illustration of the museum's example, formerly in the collection of Benedict Silverman.
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A rare Tiffany Studios richly carved wood, Favrile glass and bronze humidor circa 1910
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