Lot 208
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TIFFANY STUDIOS | "Pony Wisteria" Table Lamp

180,000 - 240,000 USD
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  • Tiffany Studios
  • "Pony Wisteria" Table Lamp
  • shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/349-6base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/350
  • leaded glass, patinated bronze
  • 17 in. (43.2 cm) high10 1/2  in. (26.7 cm) diameter of shade
  • circa 1905


Lillian Nassau, New York
Private Collection, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1960s
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, p. 214
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, pp. 69 and 97
William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, p. 117
Vivienne Couldrey, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Secaucus, NJ, 1997, p. 23
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 292
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, p. 108
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 69

Catalogue Note

The “Pony Wisteria” model was an adaptation of Clara Driscoll’s most iconic shade design: the “Wisteria” lamp. Though smaller in scale, the Pony Wisteria displays all the incredible visual impact of its larger predecessor, with which it shares essentially the same format of dramatic, dripping wisteria panicles.  Interestingly, the base for the Pony Wisteria is more complex than the standard Wisteria, with a more sculptural and detailed casting, emulating the flower’s gnarled vine.

The present lot is comprised of a range of purple and blue hues, from periwinkle to lilac to cobalt—the quintessential palette for the model. Thoughtfully selected and impeccably executed, individual wisteria panicles are articulated by the ingenious placement of vigorously mottled glass, enhancing the dimensionality of the blossoms. The shade is interspersed with a variety of glass tiles—some translucent, some striated, and some occasionally with green-blue coloration—which creates a sense of visual depth, as if we are able to see light passing through the vines and other green foliage within the surrounding landscape.  The artistic accents of brilliant jewel-tones along the lower panicle border, along with the yellow-green leaves in the upper register, create a lively, vibrant contrast against the predominantly violet shade.  It is by all standards an exceptional example of the model.