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Lot 244: TIFFANY STUDIOS | A Rare "Pebble" Table Lamp

Est: $200,000 USD - $300,000 USDSold:
Sotheby'sDecember 16, 2015New York, NY, US

Item Overview

Description

with a "Pumpkin" base with pebble decoration

Dimensions

15 in. (38.1 cm) high<br />14 3/8  in. (36.5 cm) diameter of shade

Medium

quartz pebbles, leaded glass, favrile glass, and patinated bronze

Condition Report

Overall in very good condition. All of the inset pebbles and cut glass in the shade appear original, intact and undisturbed. Some of the pebbles show minor surface irregularities which are inherent to the natural qualities of the stone, and with a few sporadic internal hairlines (all stable) which also appear inherent in the stone. The shade is slightly out of round, and has a slightly snug fit when set within the shade ring. The rare "pebble" base is in remarkable original condition. The vibrant green favrile glass body is in very good condition, showing no cracks or significant condition issues. The exterior surface of the glass with a subtle glass thread which extends around the circumference of the base; this thread is inherent in the original glass-blowing process. The upper regions of the glass with some light rubbing from gentle surface contact with the upper mount. The bezel-mounted pebbles on the base all appear intact, original and undisturbed. Similar to the shade, these pebbles show surface irregularities which are inherent in the natural qualities of the stone. The mounted pebbles with traces of surface soiling in the natural recessed contours. The patinated bronze filigree mount with light surface wear and minor surface soiling to the recessed areas of the design. The exterior of the oil font and interior receiving well on the base with minor discolorations and oxidation. By all accounts this lamp appears to have had an early period conversion to electricity; the oil font retains its original reticulated gallery, socket and paddle switch from the period. The oil font has not been drilled and the electric cord extends from the gallery just below the socket. With a replaced clear glass chimney (not illustrated in the catalogue illustration) with a few faint surface scratches. A superb example of this exceedingly rare lamp model. The lamp is absolutely dazzling when experienced in person, showing great tactility and radiance. The execution is exquisite and the proportions and scale quite refined, imparting the lamp with a precious, jewel-like sensibility. -----
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Literature

William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, pp. 96-97 (for the present example illustrated)
Jacob Baal-Teshuva, Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2001, p. 221
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 319 
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 42, no. 143 (for the present example illustrated) and p. 140 (for a period photograph of the model)
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 14-15

Provenance

Private Collection, Connecticut
Macklowe Gallery, New York, 1983

Payment & Shipping

Payment

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Shipping

Once your payment has been received and cleared, property may be released. Unless otherwise agreed by Sotheby's, all purchases must be removed by the 30th calendar day following a sale.

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Collecting your Property
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Please see the Conditions of Sale for further details.

Auction Details

Tiffany: Dreaming in Glass

by
Sotheby's
December 16, 2015, 05:00 PM EST

1334 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10021, US

Terms

Live bidding may start higher or lower

Buyer's Premium

$1 - 200,000:30.0%
$200,001 - 3,000,000:25.0%
$3,000,001+:17.0%

Bidding Increments

From:To:Increment:
$0$999$50
$1,000$1,999$100
$2,000$2,999$200
$3,000$3,199$200
$3,200$3,799$300
$3,800$4,199$200
$4,200$4,799$300
$4,800$4,999$200
$5,000$9,999$500
$10,000$19,999$1,000
$20,000$29,999$2,000
$30,000$31,999$2,000
$32,000$37,999$3,000
$38,000$41,999$2,000
$42,000$47,999$3,000
$48,000$49,999$2,000
$50,000$99,999$5,000
$100,000$199,999$10,000
$200,000$299,999$20,000
$300,000$319,999$20,000
$320,000$379,999$30,000
$380,000$419,999$20,000
$420,000$479,999$30,000
$480,000$499,999$20,000
$500,000$999,999$50,000
$1,000,000$1,999,999$100,000
$2,000,000$2,999,999$200,000
$3,000,000$3,199,999$200,000
$3,200,000$3,799,999$300,000
$3,800,000$4,199,999$200,000
$4,200,000$4,799,999$300,000
$4,800,000$4,999,999$200,000
$5,000,000$9,999,999$500,000
$10,000,000+$1,000,000

CONDITIONS OF SALE

Buyers Premium is 24% inclusive of VAT.

SHIPPING SERVICES

Once your payment has been received and cleared, property may be released. Unless otherwise agreed by Sotheby's, all purchases must be removed by the 30th calendar day following a sale.

Shipping Services
Sotheby's offers a comprehensive shipping service to meet all of your requirements. If you received a shipping quotation or have any questions about the services we offer please contact us.

Collecting your Property
As a courtesy to purchasers who come to Sotheby's to collect property, Sotheby's will assist in the packing of lots, although Sotheby's may, in the case of fragile articles, choose not to pack or otherwise handle a purchase.

If you are using your own shipper to collect property from Sotheby's, please provide a letter of authorization and kindly instruct your shipper that they must provide a Bill of Lading prior to collection. Both documents must be sent to Post Sale Services prior to collection.

The Bill of Lading must include: the purchaser's full name, the full delivery address including the street name and number, city and state or city and country, the sale and lot number.

Sotheby's will contact your shipper within 24 hours of receipt of the Bill of Lading to confirm the date and time that your property can be collected. Property will not be released with out this confirmation and your shipper must bring the same Bill of Lading that was faxed to Sotheby's when collecting. All property releases are subject to the receipt of cleared funds.

Please see the Conditions of Sale for further details.