Lot 10
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Tiffany Studios

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 USD
Sold
72,500 USD
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Description

  • Tiffany Studios
  • A Rare Hanging Wall Mirror with Six-Light Candelabrum
  • patinated bronze, favrile glass and original mirrored glass
  • 25 1/2  x 28 x 5 in. (64.8 x 71.1 x 12.7 cm)
    drop with suspension chain: approximately 54 in. (137.2 cm)

Literature

Robert Koch, Louis C Tiffany's Glass, Bronzes, Lamps: A Complete Collector's Guide, New York, 1989, p. 107, no. 152 (for a period photograph showing the present model with eight candle-holders) and p. 135, no. 219 (for a period photograph showing a related model)
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Atglen, PA, 2001, p. 223 (for a period photograph showing the present model with eight candle-holders)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 401, nos. 1623-1625 (for period photographs showing related examples of the model, including the present model with eight candle-holders)

Catalogue Note


As unusual and extravagant as this mirror with branching candlesticks may seem, its form derives from an eighteenth-century girandole.   Tiffany Studios transformed the traditional and useful object into an extravagance of iridescent glass.  The bobêches are lightly iridescent, blown glass with green wavy pattern, and nearly sixty lustrous balls encircle the mirror.  They are a silvery light blue, but with slight shifts in tone from one ball to the next.  This is exactly the way he set stones in his jewelry and fancy goods.  The variations in color intensified each other and the coloristic effect of the whole ensemble.

In the late nineteenth century Tiffany frequently included glass “jewels” in his windows to add sparkle and texture.  Similar glass jewels were included in the table lamps that Tiffany introduced by 1899.  But it would seem that only after the turn of the century did Tiffany’s workmen create these magical spheres.  They were used in countless ways—for candlesticks, lamp bases and shades, inkwells, and a host of other fancy goods.  Once the idea of these spheres was established, it spawned so many creative ideas, and in the first decade of the century, Tiffany Studios took especial pride in the variety of designs that they could offer.

Indeed, there are several variants of just this combination of mirror and candlestick, some with eight arms or with different bobêches set with small glass jewels.  This mirror and the related models in the series were photographed by the firm, which, of course, offers significant documentation.  However, they were not mentioned in Tiffany Studios’ 1906 Price List, perhaps because they had not yet been created.  Then, just some four years later, in the 1910 Price List, they were listed as discontinued models.  The Ferranti mirror is listed under no. 1671: “Wall Mirror, oval, F. G. [Favrile Glass] ball, border 6 lit. ‘E’ tops.”  This mirror and the related ones in the series, as well as most of the lamps and objects requiring costly handwork, were discontinued in 1910 as part of the firm’s general reorientation toward simpler objects requiring less handiwork.  Its very short period of production helps explain its rarity today.  No other example of this particular model is known.

—Martin Eidelberg
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