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Hand Blotter

Designer:
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
after 1909
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Grant, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.214.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Interest in Native American heritage pervaded the United States at the turn of the century, as illustrated here by this desk set (1974.214.11-.14) that consists of large and small blotters, a tray, and an inkpot in the "American Indian" pattern, which was introduced in 1909. The stylized serpent, frog, bird, rain, and storm represent the seasons; connected circles represent the flight of time.
Marking: [stamped]: TIFFANY STUDIOS / NEW YORK / 1191
Hugh J. Grant, New York, until 1974.
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