This bronze rocker blotter was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) and manufactured by Tiffany Studios, New York (between 1900-1933). Tiffany produced 24 different desk-set designs with a typical set containing an inkwell, pen tray, paper rack, rocker blotter, and blotter ends. Some patterns contained more than 80 different pieces. They weren’t mass-produced and were sold separately so a buyer could pick and choose what they needed. A rocker blotter is used for absorbing excess ink left by fountain pens. A piece of blotting paper would wrap around the curved wooden bottom.
This ink rocker blotter is in the Abalone pattern which is a stylized grape, vine, and leaf motif on a linear circle & square ornate Art Nouveau background. The inset abalone discs represent grapes.
The knob is set with abalone and is mounted on a background design of two large abalone medallions. The top finish is a darkened gold, the blotter sides and bottom are a smooth gold finish. The curved wood blotter piece is intact and held securely with a screw. Factory stamped at TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK. Signed ‘1164’ and an artisan's mark 'S' with a circular symbol.
In very good condition with intact original abalone discs. It has some darkened patina in areas and slight signs of wear.
Size: 5-7/8 x 3 x 1-5/8” high (including handle)
Referenced in Tiffany Desk Sets by William R. Holland, Schiffer, 2008, p. 107
Louis C. Tiffany’s Glass Bronzes Lamps by Robert Koch, Crown, 1978, p. 94
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