Lot 212
  • 212

Tiffany Studios

Estimate
300,000 - 500,000 USD
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Description

  • Tiffany Studios
  • An Important "Peacock" Table Lamp
  • shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/1472-8
    base and underside of oil font impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/26999
  • leaded glass, favrile glass and patinated bronze
with an exceedingly rare favrile glass "Peacock" base

Provenance

Robert and Gladys Koch, Stamford, CT
Collection of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe, New York, acquired from the above, circa 1975
Sotheby's New York, Important Art Nouveau from the Private Collection of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe, December 2, 1995, lot 680
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Dncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, pp. 56-57 (for a closely related Peacock lamp with green favrile glass base in the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass) and pp. 130-131 (for the standard Peacock base model)
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 308 (for the standard Peacock base model)
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 201-202 (for the present lot illustrated)
Martin Eidelberg, Nina Gray and Margaret K. Hofer, A New Light on Tiffany:  Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, London, 2007, p. 7 (for that standard Peacock base model)

Catalogue Note

The stunning shade and base pairing seen in this magnificent “Peacock” lamp is unparalleled in its sheer beauty and sculptural presence.  Conceived as a unit, both the shade and base are richly ornamented with peacock feathers.   Within the shade, Tiffany presents a conventionalized peacock feather motif in a masterful chromatic gradation, transitioning from deep violet to indigo to a highly complimentary chartreuse at the lower register.  The regal blue favile glass panels set within the base are vigorously mottled, emulating the texture of velvety feathers and creating visual harmony with the shade’s glass selection.  Only one other example of this rare favrile glass Peacock base model is presently known, executed in green favrile glass, in the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass.  The beauty of the present offering transcends the standard model of the design, representing the highest artistry and innovation of the firm’s glass production.
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