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Desk Set

This is a desk set. It was overseen (as design director) by Louis Comfort Tiffany and produced by Tiffany Studios. It is dated ca. 1910-20 and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is favrile glass, etched bronze. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Tiffany produced objects that married decorative appeal and utility, such as this desk set individually created in small batches from sheets of etched metal and pre-cut favrile glass. The Grapevine pattern became one of Tiffany’s most recognizable motifs; the trellis, fruit, and curling vines have a flattened aesthetic reminiscent of Japanese stencil designs.

It is credited Gift of Mrs. Eric Larrabee.

  • Desk
  • nickel-plated steel.
  • Courtesy of Thom Browne.
  • 74.2015.1

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Screen (USA)
  • favrile glass, patinated bronze.
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1967-48-104-b
  • Border (Italy)
  • silk.
  • Gift of the Museum of the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
  • 1947-49-26
  • Demi-parure
  • 18k gold, cabochon sapphire, demantoid garnet, faceted sapphires and enamel.
  • Neil Lane Collection.
  • 59.2016.11a/c

Its dimensions are

15.9 x 25.8 x 6.5 cm (6 1/4 x 10 3/16 x 2 9/16 in.)

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

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