Lot 225
  • 225

Tiffany Studios

Estimate
150,000 - 250,000 USD
Sold
149,000 USD
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Description

  • Tiffany Studios
  • An Important and Rare Twenty-Five Light "Lily" Chandelier
  • each shade engraved L.C.T.
  • favrile glass and patinated bronze

Provenance

Marklove and Dorothy Lowery, Utica, NY
Thence by descent to Robert and Mary Olney, Rome, NY, 1961
Thence by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

The present “Lily” suite (lots 225-227) has remained in the same New York family since the early 20th Century.  The original owners were Marklove Lowery and Dorothy Applegate, daughter of Ada Augusta Havemeyer of the prominent New York City family known for their patronage to Tiffany Studios.  It was Henry Osborne Havemeyer, the cousin of Ada’s father, whose legendary Manhattan apartment was lavishly designed by Louis C. Tiffany and Samuel Colman in 1891 when Ada was a young woman.

It comes as no surprise that Dorothy, carrying on the Havemeyer legacy, and husband Marklove, a prominent florist and landscape architect, would choose to decorate their home in Utica, New York with flora-inspired works by Tiffany Studios.  The present Lily suite would have illuminated works from the couple’s extensive painting collection.  The chandelier and sconces resided in their home until Marklove’s passing in 1961, at which time they descended to their daughter, Mary, and son-in-law, Robert Olney.  The pieces have remained in the Olney residence in Rome, New York for over fifty years.

Similar to an example offered at Sotheby’s New York, December 15, 2006, lot 515, the rare twenty-five light chandelier included in this collection is defined by its graceful stems that bloom into delicate glass Lily shades.  This piece and the accompanying sconces showcase Tiffany’s skill for reinterpreting nature into elegant, simplified forms.  The chandelier and set of three sconces display shades with green pulled feather decoration, further heightening the sense of naturalism in these works.  Ultimately, in this Lily ensemble, timeless beauty is enriched by an illustrious heritage, which tells a fascinating story about one family’s deep and engrained affection for Tiffany Studios.  
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