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Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM CDT

The Ira Simon Collection: Sold for the Benefit of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sale 6001 Lot 6

Tiffany Studios
rare Scarab humidor box
New York, New York
walnut, blue and gold Favrile glass, Cypriote glass, bronze
impressed signature
carving attributed to Joseph Briggs
3 9/16"w x 4 1/4"d x 4 1/2"h

Provenance:
The Ira Simon Collection, Chicago, Illinois

Catalog Note:
This rare and meticulously crafted humidor was included in Tiffany Studios' elite line of "Fancy Goods". The output of the items in this category was limited and only produced for a short period of time. This humidor is believed to have been carved from a single piece of wood, likely by Joseph Briggs. It was first offered through Tiffany & Co. and was listed in the firm's Blue Books from 1906 to 1912. This example is the only version we have seen where the scarab on the body of the box has cast bronze legs.

Estimate $30,000-50,000

Sold for $56,250