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Samian Red Favrile Scarab Pendant in 18K Yellow Gold on Hand-made Wheat Chain

Louis Comfort Tiffany

About The Samian Red Favrile Scarab Pendant in 18K Yellow Gold on Hand-made Wheat Chain

The scarab is an original 1910 form cast of Samian Red Favrile glass.  The process of creating this rarest of the Fabrile color range involves gold to achieve its rich, blood hue.  The irridescence is an additional procedure by which glass of various mineral contents are added to a molten opalescent glass base. 

Gold, when heated in glass turns yellow, then red, requiring an exacting temperature watch.  Surface irridescence is created by various means, depending on the range of hue desired. Metal oxides were among the agents incorporated, at molten stage, to effect what appears on the surface, but is actually part of the casting throughout.

The wheat chain is also hand-made of mill drawn wire.

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The scarab is an original 1910 form cast of Samian Red Favrile glass.  The process of creating this rarest of the Fabrile color range involves gold to achieve its rich, blood hue.  The irridescence is an additional procedure by which glass of various mineral contents are added to a molten opalescent glass base. 

Gold, when heated in glass turns yellow, then red, requiring an exacting temperature watch.  Surface irridescence is created by various means, depending on the range of hue desired. Metal oxides were among the agents incorporated, at molten stage, to effect what appears on the surface, but is actually part of the casting throughout.

The wheat chain is also hand-made of mill drawn wire.

About the Artist (1848-1933) American  "Born in New York City to the founder of Tiffany & Co., the famous jewelry store, Louis Comfort Tiffany became known for his designs of richly colored works of glass in the Art Nouveau style. However, he expressed no interest in the family business and focused on his own painting talents, starting as a creator of landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes, working in both oil and watercolor.

He studied painting with landscapist George Inness, who gave him much encouragement.  With an interest in Islamic and art of the Far East, inspired by Tiffany & Company's chief designer, Edward Moore, Tiffany studied in Paris with Leon Bally, a specialist in Middle Eastern subjects. This education combined with an 1869 visit to Spain and North Africa with artist Samuel Colman stirred a life-long interest in strong color.  On this trip, Colman encouraged Tiffany to make watercolor sketches for later conversion into paintings. I n 1874, Tiffany returned to Europe, spending much time in Brittany.

Throughout the 1870s, he exhibited his paintings widely, and in 1877, became one of the secessionist artists that included John La Farge and Augustus Saint-Gaudens who rebelled against the staid National Academy of Design and formed the Society of American Artists.  By 1875, he had begun to work with stained glass for which he is primarily known, and he developed a method of shaping glass in its molten state, allowing him to create a mosaic effect.  In 1879, he focused on interior design and with Colman and others formed Louis C Tiffany and Associated Artists, a collaboration underlying the famous Tiffany glass designs that included the signature Tiffany leaded-glass lamp shades.

However, he did not completely forsake painting, and in 1886 (on his honeymoon), 1916, and 1917, he traveled West where he visited Yellowstone National Park, which resulted in dramatic landscape paintings.  He also visited the Orient where he focused again on dramatic and exotic aspects of the landscape.

At his home at Oyster Bay, Long Island, he established the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation for aspiring young artists and craftsmen. Ultimately, this location became the repository for his art collections." taken from AskArt..com

Medium Cast Samian red Favrile glass & 18K yellow gold
Size Pendant is 1 1/4" height includes 3/8" X 3/8" bale. Pendant width is 9/16". Chain is 16" length X 1/16" width.
Signed Stamped "18K" on verso
Date of creation Scarab - 1910
Condition Excellent
Description Anyone familiar with the resurrection-eternal life symbolism of the scarab, will be touched by the beauty and significance of this work of genius. It is a poignant reminder there is something eternal in each of us. We are equally a part of something greater and everlasting.
Design In keeping with the Ancient Egyptian Revival theme of the subject, 18K yellow gold was used to hand fabricate the scarab setting.
Provenance Acquired from Lillian Nassau in New York City approximately 30 years ago.