For sale is a lovely inkwell made by Tiffany Studios of New York, New York. The inkwell is done in the "Grapevine" desk set pattern. The patina on the metal is the most desirable green/brown. The stained glass is the green white Favrile opalescent. The inkwell is the larger size as it stands 3 1/2" tall and is 4 1/8" square and considered a 4" square inkwell.
This inkwell displays an acid etched Grapevine overlay pattern on a green white opalescent Favrile stained glass body. This filigree is a very complex version of this Grapevine pattern. It sits on 4 bun style feet. This is a very desirable piece to acquire in the Grapevine desk set patterns. It is a staple if you start collecting this pattern. The patina is extremely nice as it is the green/brown. It still retains its original stepped clear glass well insert.
The inkwell is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, or chips to any of the glass. There are some ink stains inside the lid but not on the top filigree area where it closes. This area typically has ink stains and it appears that its previous owner must have wiped it clean when it happen. There is almost no ink stains in this area. One of the feet has a small indent to the round ball area on the inside of the ball. This can be seen only when turning the inkwell upside side down and upon close inspection. This is pictured and considered insignificant. The clear glass insert is also in excellent condition with no issues to report. This insert is original as it has a tiny counter sunk pontil. The hinge on the lid is in excellent working condition as the cover opens and closes with ease. Tiffany Studios did not make the inserts to these inkwells as he purchased them The Davis Company of New York, NY. This one is not signed.
The inkwell is signed on the underside bottom edge with the impressed mark into the metal that reads "Tiffany Studios New York" along with the model or shape number "11". I believe the Grapevine pattern to have been one of the first of the Fancy Goods product lines made at Tiffany Studios. This is one of the beaded inkwells that I have ever had the pleasure of selling. Those of you who are looking for a very good example of this inkwell in the Grapevine pattern will be delighted with their purchase.
Tiffany started numbering his desk set pieces usually with a 3 digit number after 1902. Since this inkwell has a 2 digit number this inkwell was made prior to then. I would say this inkwell was made circa 1898-1902 based on the 2 digit number.