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Tiffany Gilded Bronze Desk Letter / Envelope Holder ~Bookmark Pattern #1020 ~ Tiffany Studios New York Early 20th Cent
This gorgeous letter holder's motif is the "Bookmark Pattern". This pattern is one of the four earliest of patterns and appears to have been available as long as Tiffany was in business. It features the typographical marks of early printers and publishers. The emblems are centered in square frames on the front of this letter holder. It is said that the vegetation designs were dear to Louis Tiffany's heart. Three of the squares on this piece feature different types of trees. Interspersed between the three are two squares that have center circles and swirls in the corners. One has geometric calligraphy designs and the other has birds with the initials ME. It was once thought that the pieces had monograms but this was found not to be the case. Initials are commonly found on the round shields. Red paint appears to have been applied in the grooves of the designs and around the tops and sides of the brass divisions giving it wonderful depth. This pattern can be seen on a Letter holder in "The Tiffany Desk Treasures by George A. Kemeny, Donald Miller ". Large sets of the Bookmark pattern are said to be rarely seen so that leaves collectors to by the items piece by piece. Here is your chance to get that piece!!! It is in remarkable condition with just a little discoloration to a few small area on the front and some bronze loss conducing to it's age. Please see pictures for condition.
Measures: 9 ¼" L x 2 ¼" W x 5 ¼" H
Stamped: in cursive L C Tiffany 1020
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Eileen and Russell Weiss
Grain Valley, MO
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