Louis C. Tiffany Furnaces, Inc. produced the Art Moderne Desk Set around 1920. The set, which was retailed by Tiffany Studios, was designed and produced as with what was seen to be a “modern” style of decoration in keeping with the changing tastes of the Art Deco period. As such, over time this desk set has come to be known by Tiffany collectors as the “Art Deco” Desk Set.
This gilt bronze Inkwell is the larger of the two sizes produced as part of the set. The square body of the inkwell features decoration on all four sides in the Art Moderne style, with narrow grooves and rectilinear recesses filled with enamel in variegated shades of green, with circular discs of yellow at the corners.
The hinged lid, which features the same decorative motif, opens to reveal a particularly special and rare feature: this inkwell retains an original Tiffany Favrile Glass “Poppy” Inkwell Liner in rich iridescent tones.
This example of original Tiffany Metalwork is stamped with firm’s marks and model number.
Height: 2 ½ inches (6.4 cm)
Width: 3 ½ inches (8.9 cm)
Depth: 3 ¾ inches (9.5 cm)