For sale is a very nice desk item made by Tiffany Studios, New York. The item is called a "Rocker Blotter" and it is done in the "Pine Needle" desk set pattern. The rocker blotter is Tiffany's most desirable with green opalescent Favrile glass and Verdi green/brown/red patina with a beaded border and slumped green glass in the handle's knob. The rocker blotter stands 1 7/8" tall and is 5 7/8" wide and is 3" deep.
The rocker blotter displays a wonderful acid etched pattern of pine needles over a green white opalescent Favrile art glass. It is further embellished with a beaded border. The knob on the top middle also has this acid etched Pine Needle pattern and green white opal Favrile glass underneath it. The Verdi green/brown/red patina is just outstanding. The green white opalescent glass in this rocker blotter is probably the nicest I have ever had in my 43+ years as a dealer and collector. The bottom of the rocker blotter is solid oak and it stills retains its original green blotter paper attached.
The rocker blotter is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chip or dings to any of the glass. There are no excuses to be made for this what so ever. It appears that this piece saw minimal use as there is usually damage to the oak blotter, or the glass is broken, or there is major dents in the metal. This is NOT the case here. I can find very little to complain about with this piece. The rocker blotter is signed on the side with the "Tiffany Studios New York" along with pattern number "995".
Those of you who collect the Pine Needle desk set pattern and want a museum quality rocker blotter in their collection, look no further. They just don't get any better than this one. It is in excellent condition, has green glass, glass in the knob, beaded border and a killer Verdi/green/brown/red patina. This is the best of the best in Tiffany's Pine Needle rocker blotters for condition and patina.
Tiffany started numbering his desk set pieces usually with a 3 digit number after 1902. Since this piece has the pattern number and there is glass in the knob this is considered early. The later ones had all bronze knobs with the etched Pine Needle pattern on top of the metal knob. This rocker blotter was made circa 1902-1905.