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 IS 4 1/8" square and stands 3 1/2" tall 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 along with black insert to get ink to the nib. There are 4 rows of beading that surround the inkwell. There are 2 rows along the bottom and a row along the top side as well as another row on the flat top side. This is considered the fanciest of the Grapevine Inkwells and the most desirable.
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 and back by the hinge but not around the top filigree area when lid is closed. There is some minor ink stains on the front lid edge when closed. This area typically has ink stains and it appears that its previous owner must have wiped most of it clean when it happen as it shows only minor areas when lid is closed.
The clear glass insert is in very good condition with a few flakes to the underside neck and some flea bites along the top interior edge. With the black insert in place you cannot see this and typically the lid is closed so it is a moot point. I ran out of picture space and can send one of the flakes if requested. This insert is original as it is signed with acid etched "The Davis New York" cipher and there is also "Patd Mar 12 Oct 22 89" along the top and "Feb 14 93 Jun 7 98" along the bottom. Tiffany Studios did not make the inserts to these inkwells as he purchased them from The Davis Company of New York, NY. It still retains most of the black insert that fits inside the clear insert. This is usually missing when these original clear inkwell inserts are found. The hinge on the lid is in excellent working condition as the cover opens and closes with ease.
The inkwell is signed on the underside bottom edge with the impressed mark into the metal that reads "Tiffany Stvdios New York" in the micro typeset mark and no pattern number. The "v" and small typeset denotes this as a very early mark. 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 nicer 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 no number this inkwell was made prior to then. I would say this inkwell was made circa 1895-1898 based on the impressed mark.