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Lot 211: TIFFANY STUDIOS | An Important "Dragonfly" Table Lamp from the Collection of Andrew Carnegie

Est: $250,000 USD - $350,000 USDSold:
Sotheby'sDecember 16, 2015New York, NY, US

Item Overview

Description

leaded glass and patinated bronze

Dimensions

28 1/2  in. (72.4 cm) high as shown<br />22 1/2  in. (57.2 cm) diameter of shade

Medium

leaded glass and patinated bronze

Condition Report

Overall in very good condition. This extraordinary lamp is being consigned by a direct descendant of Andrew Carnegie, and by all accounts the shade, base and finial have originated together since the period. The shade with approximately 15 cracks to the glass tiles dispersed throughout, as well as 4 tight hairline cracks to the jewel cabochons. All of these cracks appear stable, and have been sensitively stabilized by a professional Tiffany conservator. On the shade interior, many of the glass jewels are plated with another layer of glass to heighten the coloration and visual depth of the jewels. All of the reticulated bronze wing overlays appear intact, stable and in very good condition, with light surface soiling to the recessed contours of the design. The patinated bronze surfaces of the reticulated base display a particularly rich and satisfying green and brown patina. The patinated bronze surfaces with some occasional light surface scratches, gentle rubbing, and a few isolated traces of minor surface residue commensurate with age and gentle handling. The telescoping device on the base (which allows one to adjust the height of the base if desired) is fully functional. The underside of each foot has been applied with felt glides. With period electrical sockets and paddle switches, and with a Perkins black plastic base switch which appears to date from the early 20th century though not original to the lamp. (If desired one could have this replaced with a Tiffany bronze base switch). The finial is in very good condition showing very gentle wear and rubbing. A magnificent example of this iconic Dragonfly model from the esteemed personal collection of Andrew Carnegie. The shade displays a particularly dramatic glass selection, the rich warm color palette and use of textured "rippled" glass heightening the aquatic and naturalistic sensibility. The wide tonal variations seen in the dragonflies around the shade circumference are suggestive of dragonflies fluttering before a saturated sunset sky of golden yellow and fiery orange hues. The sculptural reticulated base is highly complementary, displaying elegant proportions and further heightening the naturalistic sensibility of the lamp. The lamp presents beautifully in person, with strong visual presence. When viewing this lamp firsthand, the colors are much richer and less red than seen in the catalogue illustrations. The catalogue photography does not fully capture the radiance and luminosity of the shade. -----
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

Memorials in Glass and Stone: Tiffany Favrile Glass, Tiffany Windows, Tiffany Mosaics, Tiffany Monuments, Tiffany Granite, New York, 1913 (for the Carnegie memorial window in Scotland in an advertisement for Tiffany’s Ecclesiastical Department)
Heather Ewing, Life of a Mansion, the Story of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, 2014, p. 74 (for the present lot illustrated in the Picture Gallery of the Carnegie Mansion) and p. 83 (for a smaller Dragonfly lamp model from the Carnegie Collection, now in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum)

Provenance

Collection of Andrew Carnegie and Louise Whitfield Carnegie, New York, circa 1905
Thence by descent to the present owner

Payment & Shipping

Payment

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Shipping

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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.