(American, New York, 1902–1932)
Favrile glass mosaic, bronze
Overall: 8 x 10.5 cm (3 1/8 x 4 1/8 in.)
Bequest of Charles Maurer 2018.289
More than a thousand tiny pieces of glass form the mosaic design of this inkwell.
By 1900 Louis Comfort Tiffany had expanded his empire by increasing the firm’s production of “fancy goods,” including inkstands, candlesticks, clocks, small boxes, desk sets, tea screens, and other functional objects. Along with the array of artistic glass designs from his factory in Corona, Queens, works in ceramic, bronze, other metals, and even jewelry abounded. These smaller, more affordable luxury items were designed with as much thought to artistry as the great stained glass windows and lamps through which the firm enjoyed unrivaled success.
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