• A Marriage of Collections: The auction at Christies

    Sale 2398

    A Marriage of Collections: The Property of Dr. Julius and Dena K. Tarshis

    21 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 102

    A PAIR OF BACCARAT CLOSE MILLEFIORI GLASS TAZZE

    CIRCA 1846, ONE SIGNED WITH A B CANE

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF BACCARAT CLOSE MILLEFIORI GLASS TAZZE
    Circa 1846, one signed with a B cane
    Of typical form, with a wide variety of closely packed millefiori canes including shamrock and Maltese cross canes, the baluster stem with spiraling latticinio threads, on a circular close millefiori foot
    3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high; 4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) diameter (2)


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    At the time of cataloguing the present example is the only pair known. Four single examples signed with a "B" cane are recorded, including one at The Corning Museum of Glass signed and dated 'B 1846'.

    Provenance

    The MacHarg Collection; Sotheby's, London, 2 July 1979, lot 144.


    Literature

    James A. MacHarg, 'Someone in Venice', PCA Bulletin, 1956 p. 16, figs. 13 and 14.
    D. Tarshis, 'Objets Extraordinaires: French Tazze and Newel Post Finials, 1847-1860', PCA Bulletin, 1993-1994, pp. 24-29.


    Exhibited

    Antique French and Other Glass Paperweights and Related Items, Spink & Sons, Ltd., 1972, no. 399, (exhibition label).
    L. Kaplan (ed.), Presse-Papiers Français, Leo Kaplan Ltd., New York, 25 October 1986 and The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, May 1987, no. 1 (exhibition labels).
    P. Jokelson and D. Tarshis, Baccarat: Paperweights and Related Glass, 1820-1860, Baccarat, Inc., New York, 30 May - 9 June 1990, no. 48.
    D. Tarshis, Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions of the Nineteenth Century, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 2001, p. 24-25, no. 12.