This 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 wood piece.
This rocker blotter is in the Venetian pattern which simulates elaborate tooled leather designs used by Venetian craftsmen in the sixteenth century. A band of deeply carved ermines is featured on each piece. The Renaissance period often featured ermine in artwork as a symbol of purity.
The rocker blotter has an elaborately ornate pattern on the know handle and top of the blotter. Both sides of the blotter feature a row of ermines set on a background of flowers. The finish is Dull Gold Bronze, one of three different gold finishes used in Venetian. Factory stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1646
In good condition with patina in the relief areas. A small spot of red (enamel?) can be seen on the right side of each ermine band.
Size: 5-1/2” by 3” by 2” (with handle)
Tiffany Desk Sets by William R. Holland, Schiffer, 2008, p. 116
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