Property from an Important American Collection
"NAUTILUS" TABLE LAMP
nautilus shell, gilt bronze, mother of pearl
base impressed 23596/TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company monogram
13⅜ in. (34 cm) high
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Overall in very good condition. The bronze surfaces throughout present with a bright gilt surface with scattered minor surface scratches and abrasions, and with some scattered minor discolorations and traces of surface soiling concentrated to the recessed contours, consistent with age and gentle handling. The nautilus shell appears to have been replaced and present with some inherent surface irregularities, not visually detractive. The polished shell surface displays a beautiful iridescence which is complemented by the shell cabochons encircling the base, which also appear to have been replaced at some point in the history of the piece. The polished shell surfaces are slightly irregular, underscoring the naturalism of the piece. With a period socket.
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.
Minna Rosenblatt, New York, circa 1980s