Property from a New Jersey Private Collection
"SNAILS" TABLE LAMP
acid-etched cameo glass, patinated bronze
19⅞ in. (50.5 cm) high
12 in. (30.4 cm) diameter of shade
Overall in good restored condition. The glass elements present with scattered minor air bubbles and particulate inclusions inherent in the making as well as very light surface scratches to the raised elements consistent with gentle use. The snails were at an earlier stage removed for cleaning and for the addition of replacement antennas on one snail. The other snail with one antenna that has been lost; the chipped area measured approximately 1/8 inch wide. The bronze elements with some minor loss to the patina throughout concentrated to the edges of the base and consistent with age. The four shade arms are slightly wider than the diameter of the shade resulting in very minor wobbliness, not detrimental to the stability or functionality of the piece. One arm was previously replaced and does not install flush with the bronze collar that supports the other arms; this arm displays slight movement but is stable. The lamp was functional at the time of cataloguing. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and recommends having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Berenice and Henry Blount, French Cameo Glass, Des Moines, 1968, p. 130
Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Volume IV: Ceramics & Glass, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1998, pp. 130 and 136 (for examples of the “Snail” motif)