Lot 324
  • 324

Tiffany Studios

Estimate
150,000 - 200,000 USD
Sold
200,000 USD
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Description

  • Tiffany Studios
  • “Dragonfly” Table Lamp
  • shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK
    oil canister impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/24466 and 1
    base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/24466/1
  • leaded glass and patinated bronze
  • 24 in. (61 cm) high
    20 3/8  in. (51.8 cm) diameter of shade
with a rare "Cattail Pond Lily" base

Provenance

Sturges Family Collection, circa 1950
Bonhams, New York, December 16, 2006, lot 5056

Literature

Alastair Duncan, Tiffany at Auction, New York, 1981, p. 65 (for the present shade and base model pairing)
Martin Eidelberg, Nina Gray and Margi Hofer, A New Light on Tiffany, Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, New York, 2007, p. 54 (for the base model)
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 163 (for the base model)
David A. Hanks, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, New York, 2013, p. 53 (for the present shade and base model pairing)

Catalogue Note


Louis Comfort Tiffany freely used nature as his muse for his lamp designs, which made tangible the beauty of the flora and fauna around him. The pairing of the present “Dragonfly” shade with its “Cattail Pond Lily” base evokes the image of a humid summer day, with humming insects over a boggy swamp. As a unit, the shade and base together create a lyrical, picturesque landscape. The base in particular, depicting tall bundles of grass emerging from a collection of lily pads, is articulated with such softness and realism it hardly resembles the hard cast bronze from which it is made. Its delicate, finely chased contours reveal the skilled hand of Tiffany’s craftsman. Discontinued by 1910, this rare base model is exemplary of the highly artistic representations that Tiffany Studios created at the pinnacle of the firm’s production.
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