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Scarab (USA), ca. 1910

This is a Scarab. It was overseen (as design director) by Louis Comfort Tiffany and produced by Tiffany Studios. It is dated ca. 1910 and we acquired it in 1958. Its medium is mold-blown favrile glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Egyptian motif of the scarab, a symbol of self-renewal, experienced great popularity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Thousands of glass scarabs were produced at Tiffany’s Corona, New York factory and inset into jewelry, metalwork, and ceramic vases, as seen here.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of K.R. Gerry.

  • Insect Figure, 1937
  • earthenware, glaze.
  • Museum purchase from the Misses Hewitt Fund.
  • 1937-62-8

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Purse, 1910–30
  • glass beads, cotton, metal.
  • Gift of Harvey Smith.
  • 1968-135-35
  • Vase (USA), ca. 1909–10
  • molded and bronze electroplated semi-porcelain, mold-blown favrile glass.
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.
  • 1984-84-31

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 2 x 1 x 0.4 cm (13/16 x 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Scarab (USA), ca. 1910; Design Director: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933); mold-blown favrile glass; H x W x D: 2 x 1 x 0.4 cm (13/16 x 3/8 x 3/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of K.R. Gerry; 1958-51-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest.

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