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Tiffany Studios New York Enameled Copper "Olive" Covered Box


This Tiffany Studios New York covered box by Louis Comfort Tiffany, covered with an enamel "Olive" motif, was executed by its Enamelware Department. The stoic composition is primarily composed of richly enameled copper, with the cover and body of this rare piece sharing decoration of subtly-hued olives, with purple-brown copper branches and deep green leaves. While the rarity of the object itself makes it an incredibly collectible item, the easy beauty of the composition also makes it an instant treasure.


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Item #: T-19163
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York 
Circa: 1905
Dimensions: 5.25" height, 6.5" diameter
Materials: Repoussé copper, Enamel and counter enamel
Signed: "Louis C. Tiffany and impressed SC 332"
Provenance: Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc., New York, Private Collection, circa 1965, thence by descent to the present owners 
Literature: Box pictured in Behind the Scenes of Tiffany Glassmaking: The Nash Notebooks, by Martin Eidelberg and Nancy McClelland, New York, 2001, pp. 21 and 178 (for the model executed in pottery); Box also pictured in Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 466 (for the model executed in pottery) and p. 471 (for the model executed in bronze pottery)

As reviewed by Paul Doros, former curator of glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, Virginia) and author of The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany, "this enameled covered box clearly reveals the quality and innovative artistry that led to the company winning a gold medal at the world's fair. It is of a familiar form, but features an unusual motif and palette."