Lot 326
  • 326

TIFFANY STUDIOS | An Important "Wisteria" Table Lamp

600,000 - 800,000 USD
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  • Tiffany Studios
  • An Important "Wisteria" Table Lamp
  • shade with small early tag impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORKunderside of shade mounting post impressed 10116top of base column impressed 10116base plate impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/10116 and 1underside of perimeter base cushion impressed 10116 and 1
  • leaded glass, patinated bronze
  • 27 1/4  in. (69.2 cm) diameter18 1/2  in. (47 cm) diameter of shade
  • circa 1905
with a "Tree" base


The Collection of Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, circa 1975
Thence by descent
Sotheby's New York, December 18, 2013, lot 330
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: Rebel in Glass, New York, 1964, pl. v
Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, p. 215
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, pp. 89 and 148
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
Vivienne Couldrey, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Secaucus, NJ, 1997, p. 136
Robert Koch, Louis C Tiffany's Glass, Bronzes, Lamps: A Complete Collector's Guide, New York, 1989, p. 131
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, pp. 292-293
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 106-107 
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 67
Martin Eidelberg, Nina Gray and Margaret K. Hofer, A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, London, 2007, p. 48
Timeless Beauty, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Atglen, PA, 2016, p. 119
Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated, New York, 2016, pp. 86-87

Catalogue Note

Designed in 1901 by Clara Driscoll, the Wisteria lamp quickly became one of the most successful models produced by Tiffany Studios.  Within five years of its introduction, the price for a Wisteria lamp was listed at $400.00, making it one of the most 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’ greatest accomplishments in leaded glass.  Its complex pattern is comprised of nearly 2,000 individually cut and selected glass tiles.  As a result, each Wisteria lamp possesses its own distinct character and color palette, despite being a standardized model.  This particular example presents 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.

Both the shade and base of the present example are impressed 10116, underscoring that these elements originated together from the time of their production at Tiffany Studios over 100 years ago.  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.