• 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 128

    A SAINT LOUIS ENGRAVED GLASS PEN HOLDER, 'PORTE PLUME'

    CIRCA 1848-1850

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SAINT LOUIS ENGRAVED GLASS PEN HOLDER, 'PORTE PLUME'
    Circa 1848-1850
    The bowl of flaring form engraved and trace-gilt with grapevine, a blue and white torsade at the rim, above a crown weight, the hollow glass set with alternating twisted red and green latticinio ribbons and latticinio tubing radiating from a central millefiori cane; together with a latticino pen wipe with blue and white torsade rim, circa 1850, the mount stamped RANSOM
    4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm.) high (2)


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    Provenance

    The pen holder:
    The Collection of Maurice Lindon, France, no. 51, (collection label). Sotheby's, London, 26 February 1957, lot 70.
    Sotheby's, New York, 29 April 1998, lot 186.


    Literature

    P. Hollister, Jr., The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights, New York, 1969, p. 121, fig. 133A.


    Exhibited

    J. von Saurma, De la flamme à l'âme: Les Presse-Papiers des Cristalleries de Saint-Louis de 1845 à nos jours, Musée de la Poste, Paris, 1996, vitrine 81.
    D. Tarshis, Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions of the Nineteenth Century, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 2001, p. 68-69, no. 38.