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Tiffany Studios New York "Venetian" Gilt Bronze Ink Blotter


This wonderfully detailed and intricately decorated "Venetian" gilt bronze ink blotter, by Tiffany Studios New York, features a knob handle with a flat top and a similarly flat top to a curved underside. The body of the ink blotter is decorated with geometric, swirling motifs segmented into small vignettes, mimicking the decoration one would find in an a Medieval manuscript. The curve-bottomed sides of the piece are decorated with a frieze of running ermine.

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Item #: T-17925
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 5'' height, 3'' width, 1.75'' depth
Materials: Gilt bronze
Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York 1646” 
Literature: Similar bronze ink blotter pictured in Tiffany Desk Sets, by William R. Holland, Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2008, p. 116, ca. not. 6-5

The “Venetian” pattern, which Tiffany Studios New York made in three different gold finishes, is meant to resemble hand-tooled leather. Most pieces feature ermines along their bases.