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Rocker Blotter

Designer:
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
ca. 1905–20
Geography:
Made in Queens, New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Bronze, wood
Dimensions:
2 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 3 in. (5.4 x 14 x 7.6 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of John F. Scharffenberger, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.314.12
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.
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