Tiffany Favrile Art Glass Scarab Pendant
Highly collectible, Favrile glass is a type of iridescent glass developed by the Tiffany Glass Company. Used in the pre-eminent stained glass pieces bearing his name and gorgeous decorative vases and functional vessels, Tiffany stated "Favrile glass is distinguished by brilliant or deeply toned colors, usually iridescent like the wings of certain American butterflies, the necks of pigeons and peacocks, the wing covers of various beetles. Unlike other iridescent glass, Favrile has its coloration imbedded within and not just on the surface of the glass.
Here it is presented as a circa early 20th century scarab beetle representing the ancient Egyptian symbol of rebirth. Outstanding the strength of peacock blue and purple colored glass lends itself perfectly to this image with its feathery patterns and iridescence. Mounted in a modern 14k gold pendant fitting.
Measurements: 5/16 of an inch (2.6 cm) in length including bale; beetle itself is 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) by just over 1/2 of an inch (1.3 cm) in width. Weight of 3.1 grams (2.0 dwt).
Condition: Scarab is excellent. Later modern yellow gold pendant back and bale.
Date & Origin: Earlier 20th century for scarab; modern for the mount. American in origin.
Historical Notes: The glass was patented in 1894 and produced in 1896. Presented at the Paris Exposition of 1900, it won the grand prize. The glass only had a short production run between 1883 and 1930.
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