Lot 330
  • 330

Tiffany Studios

Estimate
600,000 - 800,000 USD
Sold
1,565,000 USD
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Description

  • Tiffany Studios
  • "Wisteria" Table Lamp
  • shade with small early tag impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK
    underside of bronze armature on shade impressed 10116
    top of base standard impressed 10116
    base plate impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/10116
    outer perimeter edge of underbase impressed 10116 and   
  • leaded glass and patinated bronze
  • 26  7/8  in. (68.2 cm) high
    17  3/4  in. (45.1 cm) diameter of shade

Provenance

Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, acquired circa 1975
Thence by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

The “Wisteria” lamp model is one of the most iconic lamp designs produced by Tiffany Studios.  Its complex pattern is comprised of nearly 2,000 pieces of glass that had to be individually selected and cut.  Consequently, each "Wisteria" lamp possesses its own distinct color variations.  This particular example has an exquisite range of deep cobalt blue glass, and the lower panicles are selectively accented in rich jewel-toned aqua.  The overall effect achieved by the glass selection is lyrical and full of movement, capturing the lushness of the wisteria vine in bloom.  The shade and base are both impressed with the firm’s production number, 10116, reinforcing that both components originated together from the time of manufacture. 

In 1906, the price for a "Wisteria" lamp was $400.00, making it one of the more expensive lamps in Tiffany’s line.  As revered as this luxury item was in the period, the "Wisteria" lamp is now widely recognized as an icon of American design and one of Tiffany Studios’ most accomplished masterworks in leaded glass.  The fully saturated and artistic glass selection of the present example distinguishes it as one of the finest examples ever to appear on the auction market.

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