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Tiffany Studios New York "Grapevine" Gilt Bronze Photo Frame

This Tiffany Studios New York "Grapevine" photo frame, by Louis Comfort Tiffany, features a mottled white and amber glass, overlaid with a gilt bronze cast in an openwork motif of tangled grapevines and grapevine leaves. The entire composition is completed by the charming addition of a border, both interior and exterior, of gold baubles in miniature.

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Item #: T-20466
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States of America
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 14" high x 12" wide (picture size: 10" high x 8" wide)
Materials: Gilt bronze, Favrile glass
Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York 916”
Literature: Similar photo frame is pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988, p. 469, plate 1847

It is important to remember when considering the incredible care that Louis Comfort Tiffany employed when creating the composition and technical aspect of this picture frame was the excitement around early photography that was culminating at the time. Though still expensive and reserved largely for the elite, the advent of the Kodak "Brownie" in 1900 made higher-quality photography more accessible then ever before, and ignited a craze for having photographs in the home.