For sale is a very nice desk item made by Tiffany Studios, New York. The item is a "Rocker Blotter" and it is done in the "Grapevine" desk set pattern. The rocker blotter is done in Tiffany's most desirable green opalescent Favrile glass and Verdi green/brown patina. The rocker blotter stands 1 7/8" tall and is 5 11/16" wide and is 2 15/16" deep.
The rocker blotter displays a wonderful acid etched pattern of grape leaves and grapes over a green white opalescent Favrile art glass. The knob in the top middle has slumped or curved bent glass and also displays this same acid etched pattern over it. The patina is the very desirable Verdi green brown with some undertones of red. The bottom of the rocker blotter is solid oak and is missing its blotter paper. This is common as these were usually blotter papers are stained with ink when found.
The rocker blotter is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chip to any of the Glass. There are a few dings to the frame but nothing too obtrusive. The rocker blotter does show signs of use especially on the top knob. This item was commonly used in the desk set items for that time period at the beginning of the 20th century. The piece is signed on the side with the impressed "Tiffany Studios New York" along with the pattern number "995" which is impressed just underneath.
Those of you who collect the Grapevine desk set pattern and want a nice example with the glass in the knob for their collection need to look no further. The solid bronze knob versions sell for less as these were more commonly found. The ones with slumped or curved glass under the knob were commonly found with the beaded versions as that was the fanciest. To find a rocker blotter with glass under the knob was a real treat as fewer of these were made and considered a rarer version of the Grapevine rocker blotter.
Tiffany started numbering his desk set pieces usually with a 3 digit number after 1902. Since this has a three digit number this rocker blotter was made circa 1903-1915.