Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Made in Queens, New York, New York, United States
2 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 3 in. (5.4 x 14 x 7.6 cm)
Gift of Estate of John F. Scharffenberger, 1990
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
The "Venetian" pattern was one of the more elaborate designs for ornamental desk sets. It is described in a 1920 trade catalogue as "decorated with fields of richly chased ornament relieved by a deeply carved band of ermines at the base of each piece." The top of the rocker blotter features highly compressed geometric ornament, which, according to the catalogue, is in a "style used extensively in the sixteenth century by Venetian craftsmen in making tooled leather objects."
Descended in the family of George Scharffenberger.
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: 1922Medium: Watercolor sketching boards with window-shaped mounts with text in graphiteAccession: 1992.67aOn view in:Not on view