"Poppy" Inkstand

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Object Name: 
"Poppy" Inkstand
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 7.3 cm, Diam (max): 10.4 cm
On Display
about 1901
Credit Line: 
Purchased in part with funds from the F. M. Kirby Foundation
Web Description: 
Desk accessories were popular and could be purchased individually or as a matching set. The retail price of Tiffany’s desk accessories underscores their luxury status. This mosaic inkstand was a costly $30. The inkstand in the Etched Metal & Glass pattern was a more “affordable” option at $10. By comparison, the 1906 Sears, Roebuck and Co. mail-order catalog advertised a “Common Sense Inkwell” for just $0.07.
Pattern Name: 
Lillian Nassau LLC, Source
Molded intaglio (a) on base of bronze stand
Primary Description: 
"Poppy" Inkstand. Favrile glass tesserae; orange and blue pressed glass; bronze. Three-piece inkstand with a bronze framework featuring three sections of poppy foliage extending upwards from the base to the rim. Variegated Favrile glass tesserae inlaid within each section. The inkstand supports a bright orange pressed glass inkwell with a flared and scalloped rim in the shape of a poppy flower. The inkwell cap, shaped like the pistil of the poppy flower, is made of pressed Favrile blue glass.
Tiffany's Glass Mosaics
Corning Museum of Glass 2017-05-20 through 2018-01-08
When you hear the words “Tiffany” and “glass,” you may immediately think of leaded glass windows or luminous lamps, but artist Louis C. Tiffany expressed his passion for color and glass most innovatively in the technique of mosaic. From monumental architectural installations to inkwells for desktops, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics will be the first museum exhibition focused exclusively on this aspect of Tiffany’s extraordinary artistic career. The exhibition will feature a selection of objects from museums, libraries, and private collections, including fireplace surrounds, decorative panels, desk accessories, design drawings, sample panels, lamps, trade literature, and a special look at Tiffany’s innovative materials including an array of sheet glass, glass “jewels,” and glass fragments drawn from the archive of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. Treasured by local communities, many of Tiffany’s architectural glass mosaics survive today, tucked away in churches, libraries, universities and other public buildings. This exhibition at The Corning Museum of Glass will use new digital displays to bring these artworks to audiences in Corning. By examining the inventive materials and process—from design inspiration to fabrication—we hope that visitors will appreciate the creativity of Tiffany’s talented artists and artisans as never before. This exhibition is jointly organized by The Corning Museum of Glass and The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass.
(CANCELED) Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass
Queens Museum
Queens Museum
Founded by early Tiffany collectors Egon and Hildegard Neustadt, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass is a private foundation based in Queens. Since 1995 the foundation has partnered with the Queens Museum to exhibit and present its collection of Tiffany lamps, windows, metalwork, and ephemera, as well as an immense one-of-a-kind archive of Tiffany flat and pressed-glass “jewels” leftover from Tiffany’s nearby Corona, Queens, studios when they closed in the late 1930s. The Neustadt Collection Gallery has relocated to the new wing of the Queens Museum and inaugurates the gallery with the exhibition Shade Garden: Floral Lamps from the Tiffany Studios as well as a permanent display of other Tiffany designs. Shade Garden features 20 lamps exploring Tiffany’s masterful translation of nature into glass. Lamps of all shapes and sizes reveal the extraordinary artistry required to accurately portray complicated blossom shapes and the unruly growth patterns of flowers as well as their nuances of color and texture. Lampshades adorned with profusions of wisteria, peonies, pond lilies, and poppies—some of the most beloved and iconic Tiffany motifs —are included in Shade Garden, which will be on view for two years. Supplementing Shade Garden is an educational model demonstrating the labor-intensive process of making a leaded-glass lampshade. It includes original Tiffany Studios, as well as a large photomural of the Tiffany Shade Department, and an extensive selection of original Tiffany sheet glass. A film capturing the process of selecting, cutting and soldering the individual pieces of glass in the lampshade also accompanies the model. The permanent displays in the Gallery highlight the Neustadts’ pioneering collecting vision and various aspects of Louis C. Tiffany’s career, with a special look at his award-winning participation in world’s fairs. The section on Tiffany is particularly noteworthy because it examines, for the first time, Tiffany’s presence in Corona where he maintained busy studios, extensive glass furnaces, and a large bronze foundry. The display includes period photos of the studios and workshops and also features stories of some of the people who worked for Tiffany. Family members of Tiffany employees have loaned never-before-seen photographs, original tools, and objects from their personal collections. Special consideration is also given to the women of the Tiffany Studios.
An American Taste for Tiffany's Glass Mosaics (2017) illustrated, p. 112 (top left); BIB# 104003
Acquisitions (2015) illustrated, p. 14 (top);
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2014 (2015) illustrated, pp. 5, 40 (#26); BIB# AI100547
Major Glass, Library Acquisitions Added to Corning Museum Collection (2015) illustrated, p. 327 (top); BIB# 705344
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2014 (2014) illustrated, pp. 7, 29; BIB# 706293