Property of a Distinguished Collector
"EMPIRE JEWEL" TABLE LAMP
with an "Old English" base
leaded glass, patinated bronze
shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK
base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/557
25¾ in. (65.4 cm) high
22¼ in. (56.5 cm) diameter of shade
Overall in very good condition. The shade with approximately 5 cracks dispersed throughout, stable. The some opalescent jewels and the eight white square tiles in the skirt appear to have been replaced. Some leadlines have been recently stabilized and the patina blended by a professional Tiffany conservator. The base is in very good condition and displays a luminous gilt patina with scattered surface scratches, abrasions, wear, and scattered minor discolorations, consistent with age and handling. With period sockets; one socket is replaced but retains its period casing. With a period finial in very good condition.
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.
Christie's New York, June 15, 1985, lot 540
Jane G. Humphreys
Christie's New York, March 26, 1988, lot 238
Acquired from the above by the present owner