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Rare Tiffany & Co Bookends

19 Feb
Lady Knowledge:  Electroformed bronze. Height 8.5 inches.  Two impressed marks. One mark of three circles which may be a foundry mark. The other a mark used by Tiffany & Co.

Lady Knowledge:  Electroformed bronze. Height 8.5 inches.  Two impressed marks. One mark of three circles which may be a foundry mark. The other a mark used by Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. bookends must be very rare.  These are the only bookends we have ever seen with a Tiffany & Co. mark.  Each bookend shows a seated lady with one hand on a world globe and the other on a stack of books.  The bookends are prominently entitled knowledge and each one bears two imprinted marks – The Tiffany & Co. mark and a three circle mark which is probably the foundry mark  but is unknown  to us.

Tiffany & Co. mark:  This mark is documented in Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay, Collector Books, 1988.

Tiffany & Co. mark:  This mark is documented in Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay, Collector Books, 1988.

Three circle mark:  Possibly a foundry mark.

Three circle mark:  Possibly a foundry mark.

We requested Tiffany & Co. Archives to give us  information regarding the marks, the foundry, the designer, the date and so on, but we failed to receive any information, as follows:”

“Thank you for your inquiry regarding your bronze bookends in you personal collection.  Unfortunately, the Archives Department is unable to provide information on any piece of bronze.  Tifffany å Co. has retailed bronze since the company’s beginnings in 1837.  Tiffany & Co. Archives has limited information about the company’s production and sale of bronze art.”

It seems reasonable that Tiffany & Co. commissioned these bookends from an outside  foundry for sale as Tiffany & Co. items.   If any collector has a pair like this, we would appreciate knowing which marks, if any, are present, and any other information about them.

The bookends promote knowledge, which can be assigned to the Victorian era’s widespread concern for eternal values.  For example, there are bookends which celebrate youth, innocence, knowledge, pure love, and so on, pictured in Bookend Revue, which Donna and I wrote in 1996.  In addition, Victorian sculptures frequently bore titles.  These characteristics identify the bookends as Victorian art style.  But, the sculpture has Art Nouveau touches as well – long, wavy hair, almost whiplash in appearance, and a long, draped garment which suggests the base of a plant as it trails below, an Art nouveau image.  We judge these bookends to have been fashionable circa 1910.

 
 

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One response to “Rare Tiffany & Co Bookends

  1. Charles De Costa

    February 19, 2015 at 12:47

    Great set of Tiffany bookends.

     

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