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$ 35,000

Bronze Humidor

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1900-1919
Materials Patinated Bronze.
W. 9 in; H. 2.87 in; D. 5.75 in;
W. 22.86 cm; H. 7.29 cm; D. 14.61 cm;
Creation Date 1900
Description A patinated bronze humidor by Tiffany Studios New York with cedar lining and interior cover with bronze knob. The top edge of the humidor is decorated with stylized flowers. The body has textured bumps all around. The top of the humidor has a sculpted design reminiscent of a volcanic crater., circa 1900.

Volcanos were a central leitmotif throughout Tiffany's oeuvre. In 1870, a 22-year-old Tiffany and the eminent Hudson River School painter Robert Swain Gifford visited Pompeii. While excavations had begun well over a century earlier, they were still mostly incomplete. The city's dramatic history and the looming reminder of Vesuvius's destructive potential stirred the romantic passions of 19th-century painters.

The volcano reprised itself in Tiffany Studios' largest mosaic commission, the crystal curtain at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The mosaic depicted the everlasting snows of Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl, the extinct volcanoes that look down upon the valley of that city. Flowers blanket the volcanoes. Similarly, in the "Volcano humidor," the top edge of the humidor is decorated with stylized flowers, perhaps evoking the renewal of life after a volcanic eruption.

An identical humidor belongs to the collection of Edgar Kauffman, Jr. at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Fallingwater was home to an exclusively Japanese and Japonisme collection. Kauffman chose the humidor for its Japanese- inspired metalwork and design.

A similar humidor is pictured in: "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988, p. 450, plate 1793; and in: "Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co.," by John Loring, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002, p. 238, "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection," by David A. Hanks, Richard H. Driehaus, Richard H. Driehaus Museum, The Monacelli Press, LLC, 2013, p. 164 fig. 55

Styles / Movements Art Nouveau, Modern
Dealer Reference Number T-19112
Incollect Reference Number 309806
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