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Tiffany Studios New York Enameled Copper Covered Box

$14,500

This enameled copper covered box, by Louis Comfort Tiffany, features an intricate design of vines with tendrils culminating in paisleys, filled with deep blue enamel, almost replicating a Henna pattern. It is an example of Indian patterns that influenced Louis Comfort Tiffany's work. In the late 1870s, Tiffany's partnership with Lockwood de Forest resulted in an introduction of East Indian craft motifs that contributed to their revival within the context of Gilded Age America. This covered box is an example of such influence, with its gold background and highlights of blue enamel paisleys.

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Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1890s
Dimensions: 2.75" height, 4.25" diameter 
Materials: Copper, Opaque enamel
Signed: "S903 K"
Literature: Similar jar is featured in The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany, by Janet Zapata, p. 69

Several pieces of Louis Comfort Tiffany's enamelware are marked with a four-digit number preceded by an "S." Since there are only a handful of such objects available, it may be that Tiffany designed them for himself, or to fulfill special commissions. The Tiffany & Co. archives contains many drawings marked "S.O." for items sold as commissioned. Perhaps "S" was Louis Tiffany's way of identifying those earmarked for an exhibition, a special client, or himself.
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