Lot 203
  • 203

Tiffany Studios

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 USD
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Description

  • Tiffany Studios
  • "Fiddlehead Fern" Pottery Vase from the collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany
  • engraved Tiffany/Favrile/Pottery/149A/Coll
  • glazed earthenware

Provenance

Louis Comfort Tiffany, Laurelton Hall, Laurel Hollow, New York
Private Collection
Sotheby's New York, June 9, 2000, lot 310
Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum, Japan
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

John Loring, Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co., New York, 2002, p. 215 (for the present lot illustrated)
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: the Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 459 (for the present lot illustrated)
Martin Eidelberg, Tiffany Favrile Pottery and the Quest of Beauty, New York, 2010, p. 96, cat. 269

Condition

Overall very good condition. The vase is highly sculptural and executed with dynamic asymmetry which enhances the naturalism and liveliness of the piece. The glazed surfaces are in overall very good original condition with some scattered extremely minor areas of surface irregularities inherent in the making. The glazed surfaces with some scattered traces of surface residue. The aperture of the vase with some occasional extremely minor inherent firing cracks to the crevasses where the fiddlehead tendrils extend upward from the body of the vase, the largest measuring approximately 3/4 inch. The lower body of the vase with an inherent firing crack which encircles the vase just above the point where the feet branch down and outward, visible in the catalogue illustration. The interior of the vase with some surface soiling consistent with age. Formerly in the collection of the Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum, Japan, this lot is accompanied by its custom, velvet-lined Garden Museum box. An incredibly naturalistic, complex form and technique, formerly in the personal collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany at Laurelton Hall.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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