For sale is a lovely piece of art glass made by Tiffany Studios, New York. The item is the highly collected and very desirable "Queen" pattern wavy bowl. The bowl is done in Tiffany's highly sought after Blue Favrile style of art glass. The bowl is a large size as it is 8" in diameter and stands 3 5/8" tall.
The bowl displays a wavy border that you can see was hand formed and not mold made. There is one area in on the top lip that comes in a little bit. The bowl has vertical ribbing that rises up from the bottom edge and works it way to the top edge at an angle or in a swirl motion. The ribbing almost disappears once it hits the top edge. There are 10 ribs. The Blue Favrile, Aurene iridescence is just outstanding!! You can see strong Fuchsia's on brilliant blue iridescence when looking inside the bowl. The outside of the bowl displays this same iridescence.
The bowl is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There are a few minor inclusions "trapped sand" on the exterior and this is shown. You have to really look to see this and is considered not obtrusive. The piece shows very minor wear to the inside and underside bottom. The bowl is signed on the bottom with Tiffany's counter clockwise etched initial signature that reads, "X 175 L.C.T. Favrile". The L.C.T. are the initials for Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Typically it is understood in the industry that a piece of Tiffany that was marked with an X denotes it as an experimental piece. I believe this could very well be the 1st prototype of this style bowl in blue with just the slight indent in the top rim. The number would have been the 175th piece blown that year and since it only has the X prefix it is to my belief that this bowl is very early and was made circa 1892-1894.
Starting in 1894 Tiffany assigned 2 prefix letters with numbers to the pieces that were blown for each year stopping at 10000 and until the letter "Y" was reached in 1905. The letters for that year would have been "W and Y". Starting in 1906 there was a suffix letter "A" added and each year another letter was used until it hit the letter"G" in 1912. The letters "H-W" were used from 1913-1928.
I have attached a black and white photo in the early catalog pages from Tiffany Studios. You can clearly see this shape on the bottom row 3rd from the right. This is a 7" version and you can also see the notes that these sold for $2 per inch and add 20% for blue. This bowl cost $16 plus $3.20 or $19.20 in 1892-1894. Compare this with the inflation rate from then till now and that amounts to approximately $550 in today's money. This was a good sum of money for an art glass bowl at that time and surely only the wealthy could afford such an item. This is a very nice bowl and it is simply amazing that it has survived over 120 years in this condition. I'm sure the buyer will cherish this wonderful piece of art glass in their collection for many years.