For sale is a very lovely piece of Art Glass made by Tiffany Studios, New York. The item is called a "Bon Bon or Finger Bowl" and it is done in Tiffany's highly sought after Gold Favrile Iridescent Glass. The Bowl stands 2 3/8" tall and has a diameter of approximately 4 3/4" at it widest point. The foot has a diameter of 2 3/4" at it widest measurement.
The Bowl displays a unique shape. It has (8) Vertical ribs along with (8) Clam shaped Finger like Tabs with small ruffles in between each of them at the bottom of the fingers. The vertical ribs divide each finger tab right in the middle. The Gold iridescence is just outstanding!! You can see brilliant Golds with very strong Fuchsia on the inside fingers and Platinum Blue iridescence on the inside bottom. The exterior is equally as beautiful. The Bowl looks metallic yet it is glass.
The Bowl is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There are a few bubbles within the glass and there are some very minor scratches on the underside outer polished edge. This is typical of age wear and early glass. There is an inclusion or carbon spot in the glass just under one of the small ruffles on the inside of the bowl. There is a quarter moon shaped grooved area just under this inclusion and it is missing a lit bit of iridescence. These issues are all considered Factory and not wear or damage as this piece was made this way. These handmade imperfections can only be seen when held up to the light and is what makes Tiffany "Favrile" meaning "Hand Made" Line of Art Glass what it is.
The Bowl is properly signed in a counter clockwise fashion. It is the etched Script Signature mark which reads "L.C.T". There is also the number "212" lightly etched on one of the flat spots on the bottom. I believe this to be the shape number in Tiffany Favrile Catalog line. I show a few black and white photos taken from the Tiffany Catalog Archives showing this same bowl. Tiffany made this shape for many years. It was an early shape as is evident by its catalog number. I would guess this to have been made circa 1895-1915.
This is a quality piece of Art glass made by Tiffany Studios, New York. The Gold Favrile, Aurene Iridescence is just outstanding!! This is a very nice example of this form and color. It is amazing that this Vase has survived over 100 years without getting any kind of damage. Those of you who collect the Gold Favrile, Aurene Forms will surely welcome this fine addition.
You could use this Bowl as a Shrimp Bowl if you would like. The Shrimp would fit perfectly between the tall tabs. I'm quite sure the Buyer will be very pleased with their purchase.