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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JULES AND GLADYS REINER

Tiffany Studios
"WISTERIA" TABLE LAMP
Estimate
700,000900,000
LOT SOLD. 790,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JULES AND GLADYS REINER

Tiffany Studios
"WISTERIA" TABLE LAMP
Estimate
700,000900,000
LOT SOLD. 790,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Tiffany Studios
"WISTERIA" TABLE LAMP
mounting post on underside of shade crown impressed 25525 1
top of base column impressed 1 22525
base plate impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/22525/1 with the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company monogram
leaded glass and patinated bronze
27 in. (68.6 cm) high
18 5/8  in. (47.3 cm) diameter of shade
circa 1901-1905
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Provenance

Craig Huston, Philadelphia
Sotheby's New York, April 18, 1974, lot 112
Lillian Nassau, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan,
The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, pp. 36-37
Alastair Duncan, Fin de Siècle Masterpieces from the Silverman Collection, New York, 1989, p. 40
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany:  The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 293
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 106-107
Martin Eidelberg, Nina Gray and Margaret K. Hofer, A New Light on Tiffany:  Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, London, 2007, p. 48

Catalogue Note

The “Wisteria” lamp model is widely recognized as an icon not just of Tiffany’s extensive body of work, but also as a design icon of the 20th Century.  Designed by Clara Driscoll in 1901, the shade’s conventionalized floral forms and naturalistic coloration demonstrate the influence of Impressionism and Japonesque aesthetics that were popular at the time.  The shade pattern is comprised of nearly 2,000 individually cut and selected pieces of glass supported by a highly innovative pierced cast bronze armature.  The irregularity of the shade’s upper armature and lower panicle border enhance the naturalism of the design, which is further emphasized by the directly representational “Tree Trunk” base.  This extraordinary Wisteria example presents a stunning, highly saturated and nuanced color palette in its lush panicles, ranging from deep cobalt to lavender.  Brilliant jewel tones of ultramarine, amethyst and aqua are thoughtfully incorporated into the background passages along with brilliant orange and golden accents throughout the trailing leaves, as if to suggest a setting sun seen through the delicate blossoms.

Tiffany: Dreaming in Glass

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