A patinated bronze humidor by Tiffany Studios New York with cedar lining and interior cover with bronze knob. The top edge of the humidor is decorated with stylized flowers. The body has textured bumps all around. The top of the humidor has a sculpted design reminiscent of a volcanic crater. Volcanos were a central leitmotif throughout Tiffany''s oeuvre. In 1870, a 22-year-old Tiffany and the eminent Hudson River School painter Robert Swain Gifford visited Pompeii. While excavations had begun well over a century earlier, they were still mostly incomplete. The city''s dramatic history and the looming reminder of Vesuvius''s destructive potential stirred the romantic passions of 19th-century painters. The volcano reprised itself in Tiffany Studios'' largest mosaic commission, the crystal curtain at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The mosaic depicted the everlasting snows of Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl, the extinct volcanoes that look down upon the valley of that city. Flowers blanket the volcanoes. Similarly, in the "Volcano humidor," the top edge of the humidor is decorated with stylized flowers, perhaps evoking the renewal of life after a volcanic eruption. An identical humidor belongs to the collection of Edgar Kauffman, Jr. at Frank Lloyd Wright''s Fallingwater. Fallingwater was home to an exclusively Japanese and Japonisme collection. Kauffman chose the
humidor for its Japanese- inspired metalwork and design. A similar humidor is pictured in: "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 450, plate 1793; and in: "Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co.," by John Loring, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002, p. 238, "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection," by David A. Hanks, Richard H. Driehaus, Richard H. Driehaus Museum, The Monacelli Press, LLC, 2013, p. 164 fig. 55
Welcome to the sweet spot of summer! In the spirit of "Everyday Revelry", let David Webb''s luscious earclips and their oversize gumdrop charm transport you to the carefree days of childhood. Indulge guilt-free in these candy totems, crafted of precious, exquisitely-carved coral and sapphire, sprinkled with diamond sugar.A pair of contemporary 18 karat gold and platinum earrings with sapphires, diamonds and coral by David Webb. Each earring centers one fluted carved cabochon sapphire measuring 11.95 X 10.00 mm, surrounded by a total of 40 round brilliant-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 0.90 carats, accented by fluted carved corals, with the earrings overall measuring 25 x 22.5 mm. Accompanied by original David Webb box.
A pair of late-20th Century 18 karat hammered gold earrings by David Webb. The earrings are designed in a ribbed bombé/shrimp motif. With signed David Webb pouch. "Roughly textured gold...shows how it can convey a less formal look..." Peltason in David Webb. David Webb jewels are discussed in David Webb The Quintessential American Jeweler, by Ruth Peltason, Assouline, 2013.
A pair of American Mid-20th Century black enamel and 18 karat gold earrings by David Webb. The earrings are designed in an articulated ''door knocker'' motif. The open oval drops are suspended from rectangular-shape gold and enamel tops."The ear pendants may look simple, but that''s just the jeweler''s sleight of hand, for in fact there is a knowing interplay of materials and textures here...the deep black enamel and the polished gold," Ruth Peltason in David Webb.Discussed in David Webb The Quintessential American Jeweler, by Ruth Peltason, Assouline, 2013.
A pair of American mid-20th century 18 karat triple hoop gold earrings by David Webb. These earrings demonstrate the strength and elegance of design for which the firm is famous. The chunky gold piece is comprised of three stylized, over-sized curb-style links that graduate in size.
A pair of modern 18 karat gold and platinum earrings with a diamond-accented and black enamel-bordered rock crystal drop by David Webb. The drop earrings are a flat tear drop design with an open, diamond-studded interior section and carved rock crystal in Webb''s hallmark design, accented with strong black enameling. The earrings have 56 brilliant-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.02 carats. David Webb loved chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark. In these earrings where onyx and diamond frame a rock crystal drop that seems to float in space, the effect is both voluminous and airy.
An 18 karat gold, platinum and diamond ring, by David Webb. The hammered bombé form mount with stepped sides centers a band of 21 round brilliant-cut diamonds, approximate total weight 2.15 carats, with a F/G color and VS clarity. This chunky, hammered gold ring belongs to Webb''s "57th Street Collection," a group of jewels designed to express the meeting of culture and fashion. For this series, Webb began drawing ideas from dramatic ancient gold jewelry at New York City''s Metropolitan Museum of Art, adding diamond highlights for impact.
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