Property of a Distinguished Collector
"DRAGONFLY" TABLE LAMP
with a telescoping “Chased Pod” base
leaded glass, gilt bronze
shade impressed TIFFANY STVDIOS 587
base impressed Tiffany Studios/NEW YORK/367
30¾ in. (78.1 cm) high as shown
22½ in. (57.2 cm) diameter of shade
Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, the shade displays an intense yellow-orange palette. The fiery background presents with a vibrant contrast to the dragonflies, and the vertical spines of each dragonfly display a different color palette, ranging from seafoam green to emerald to soft red-coral to deep blue. The dragonfly wings are executed in dramatic green-aqua and red glass. The shade with approximately 14 hairline cracks dispersed throughout which have been recently stabilized by a professional glass conservator. The eyes and nose of one dragonfly were recently replaced by a professional Tiffany conservator with well-matched Tiffany glass. The base is in very good condition with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, light wear to the patina and minor discolorations, consistent with age and gentle handling. The base with some light surface soiling concentrated to the recessed contours, consistent with age. With period sockets and a period finial in very good condition. A striking example of this desirable and iconic shade pattern with dramatic, vibrant coloration.
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.
Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, p. 177 (for the shade)
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, pp. 304-305 (for the shade)
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 195 and 197 (for the shade)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 159, no. 647 (for the shade)