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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Tiffany Studios
"ELABORATE PEONY" TABLE LAMP
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 430,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Tiffany Studios
"ELABORATE PEONY" TABLE LAMP
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 430,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Tiffany: Dreaming in Glass

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Tiffany Studios
"ELABORATE PEONY" TABLE LAMP
shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1903
telescopic base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/397
leaded glass and patinated bronze
28 1/8  in. (72.4 cm) high as shown
21 7/8  in. (55.6 cm) diameter of shade
circa 1910
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Provenance

Private Family, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1965
Thence by descent to the present owner

Literature

William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, pp. 32-33 
Alastair Duncan, Martin Eidelberg and Neil Harris, Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany, London, 1989, p. 108 
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 154 and 156

Catalogue Note

The peony blossom, with its extraordinary lushness and variation in color palette, allowed Tiffany to pursue a highly painterly approach when representing them in his leaded glass shades.  The many delicate layers of petals depicted in the present “Elaborate Peony” are articulated through both through elegant, refined contours and thoughtful glass selection.  Deep crimson petals transition into softer reds and pinks around warm orange and golden centers, creating dimension within each flower as well as spatial distinction between the foreground and background.  The shade’s background passages are accented with vigorously mottled rich purple and cobalt with a stunning selection of lavender and deep amethyst hues in the upper register.  This dimensionality is carried through to the reticulated base with its organic, sinuous lines and undulating surface, making it a favored, highly desirable pairing for this iconic shade.

The overall shade composition is punctuated by young, not-yet-bloomed peony buds.  Depicting both the fully-bloomed and yet-to-bloom flower imbues the composition with a wonderful Impressionistic quality, as if to capture a single, fleeting moment in nature.  The thoughtful positioning of both mottled and striated opalescent glass effectively conveys a dynamic sun-dappled effect on the lush blossoms and foliage.  Beyond its inherent beauty, Tiffany also would have been attracted to the peony blossom for its significance in Eastern art as a symbol of strength.  With the Elaborate Peony model—and with this magnificent example in particular—Tiffany succeeds in beautifully incorporating his preference for irregularity and naturalism with his interest in Eastern aesthetics.

Tiffany: Dreaming in Glass

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