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Tiffany Studios New York "Scarab" Mosaic Box


An incredibly rare example of Louis Comfort Tiffany's work in small scale, this round Tiffany Studios New York "Scarab" gilt bronze-covered box is decorated with vivid mosaics of red, yellow, orange, green, turquoise blue, and black. The cover has three important, applied Favrile glass scarab beetles, demonstrating Tiffany's deep fascination for Egyptian archeological discoveries. They serve as an especially a fine expression of his inspiration.


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Item #: T-18525
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York, Louis Comfort Tiffany
Circa: 1905
Dimensions: 3.75" height, 3.5" diameter
Materials: Favrile glass, Bronze
Literature: Similar mosaic box pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988 p. 433, plate 1716; as well as in Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2004, p. 370

Louis Comfort Tiffany was particularly interested in the importance of the scarab beetle in Egyptian mythology, and sparingly employed decorative depictions of the insect in his works, most likely due to his understanding of the supreme and sacred nature of the motif. However, the rare works that did include scarabs, executed in the ancient Egyptian style, were considered of special personal importance to Tiffany, and are especially important when found in Tiffany Studios New York collections.