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Inkwell

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Bronze, brass, glass
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES ca. 1900
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (14 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS /1424/TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK"; above signature "Louis C. Tiffany."
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 59.83a-c
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933). Inkwell, ca. 1900. Bronze, brass, glass, 5 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (14 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 59.83a-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 59.83.jpg)
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Inkwell. Bronze, brass, and glass. Art Nouveau style. Spherical dome of hammered brass serves as cover. Inkpot is of clear amber bottle glass. Body is in form of segmented obelisk; small spheres at each upper corner. On top surface is inlaid a mosaic parquetry of iridescent glass over which are set four fantastic bee-like insects, all facing towards sphere. Sides of body cast with four similar insects, all facing towards sphere. Sides of body cast with four similar insects over rusticated background. Square base with depressed, curving sides with lip at outer edge to serve as containers for pens, etc. In front, curved portion of base pulls out to reveal a shallow drawer. New York
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    Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933). <em>Inkwell</em>, ca. 1900. Bronze, brass, glass, 5 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (14 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 59.83a-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 59.83.jpg)