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Sketch for the Tiffany Iris Corsage Ornament
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Sketch for the Tiffany Iris Corsage Ornament

Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Farnham served as the chief designer and director of the jewelry division of Tiffany & Co. from 1893 until 1907 when he was replaced by Louis Comfort Tiffany. He frequently drew his designs from flowers and plants. This sketch is a working drawing for one of Tiffany's most famous creations, the Iris Corsage Ornament that won the firm a gold medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 (WAM 57.939). Farnham collaborated with Tiffany's gemologist George Frederick Kunz (1856-1912) in using American stones, in this instance mostly Montana sapphires, for his exhibition pieces.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
Provenance Tiffany & Co., New York; given to Walters Art Museum, 1988.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Top center: 40 G.X.
Credit Gift of Tiffany & Co., 1988

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ca. 1900
watercolor on tracing paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 11 1/8 × W: 8 1/2 in. (28.3 × 21.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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