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Lot 99: GOLD AND FAVRILE GLASS SCARAB BROOCH, TIFFANY & CO., DESIGNED BY LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY, CIRCA 1909

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April 21, 2004
New York, NY, US

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Description

The oval motif composed of 10 favrile glass scarab beetles, signed Tiffany & Co. With original box stamped Tiffany & Co.

Provenance

PROPERTY FROM A PENNSYLVANIA ESTATE

Notes

A necklace of favrile glass scarabs by Louis Comfort Tiffany was sold by Sotheby's in New York on October 23, 2000, in the sale entitled Flora and Fauna, lot 1.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, the firm's founder. With his father's support, Louis developed his artistic sensibilities and, through experimentation and study, became the leading exponent of American Art Nouveau. Louis debuted his signature favrile glassware in 1893. It's shimmering, iridescent qualities proved to be the perfect medium for what he termed his "beetle" jewelry. Based on the scarab, the Egyptian symbol of resurrection and immortality, the spectral qualities of favrile glass practically mirrored the insect's luminescence. Tiffany mounted the scarabs in enclosed bezels, similar to the Egyptian method, to protect their edges from damage. A selection of Louis Comfort Tiffany's beetle jewelry mounted in 18 karat gold was featured in TIffany & Co.'s Blue Book from 1909. Other examples are illustrated by Janet Zapata, The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany, pp. 103-105.

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