TIFFANY STUDIOS | MONUMENTAL “AVENTURINE PEACOCK” VASE
TIFFANY STUDIOS | MONUMENTAL “AVENTURINE PEACOCK” VASE
TIFFANY STUDIOS | MONUMENTAL “AVENTURINE PEACOCK” VASE
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Property from the Collection of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe

TIFFANY STUDIOS | MONUMENTAL “AVENTURINE PEACOCK” VASE

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe

TIFFANY STUDIOS | MONUMENTAL “AVENTURINE PEACOCK” VASE

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot Sold:50,000USD

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Collection of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe

TIFFANY STUDIOS

MONUMENTAL “AVENTURINE PEACOCK” VASE


circa 1926

favrile glass

engraved Exposition Special/6359N Louis C. Tiffany-Favrile with an old paper label numbered 79

21⅞ in. (55.6 cm) high

Condition Report

Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, the upper register of the vase displays a cool seafoam green hue which transitions beautifully into rich blue in the body of the vase to deep indigo and green at the foot. The masterfully articulated peacock eyes and feathering are enriched by the inclusion of aventurine (the inclusion of copper or brass filings to the glass formula), particularly in the lower portion, which emulates the natural radiance of a peacock’s plumage. The glass with scattered extremely minor and fine surface scratches consistent with age and gentle handling. The glass with scattered minor surface irregularities, air bubbles, and particulate inclusions, including a few air bubbles which are open to the surface, all inherent in the making and not visually distracting. The rim with some small tool marks inherent to production and only visible upon close inspection. The interior of the vase just below the rim with some traces of adhesive residue and with an old paper label numbered 79, which is possibly an old retailer’s label or auction lot label. The interior of the vase with some light traces of surface soiling. An exemplary work displaying Tiffany’s favored “Peacock” motif distinguished by its impressive scale and stunning use of aventurine glass.  


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.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Maude Feld, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1972

Literature

Martin Eidelberg, Tiffany Favrile Glass and the Quest for Beauty, New York, 2007, p. 48 (for a related monumental "Peacock" vase)

Catalogue Note

The peacock was one of Louis Tiffany’s favorite decorative motifs and he incorporated it into the full range of his work, from leaded glass windows to jewelry. He was obviously intrigued by the vivid iridescent blue, purple and green sheen of the bird’s feathers. Peacock-decorated Favrile vases were first displayed at the company’s Fourth Avenue showrooms in the early spring of 1897, and the timing was entirely due to marketing considerations. Tiffany was well aware that Christians believed the peacock’s shedding of its feathers each year and growing newer, more resplendent plumage represented the resurrection of Christ. Several New York City newspapers, probably given the information by Tiffany himself, reminded the public of the peacock’s symbolism and that these vases would make an ideal gift for Easter.


This particular vase is an exceptionally striking example. The reactive green body, that becomes increasingly opalescent, is decorated on the shoulder with a band of “eyes,” in two shades of green, with iridescent gold borders. The overall pulled-feather design is especially noteworthy as it was created with sparkling green aventurine glass. Tiffany discovered that by adding either copper or brass filings as a colloidal ingredient to the formula, the resulting glass would have a glittering appearance. It was this effect that caused one contemporary critic to describe aventurine as “ornamentation at once consistent, lovely, and full of mystery.”


PAUL DOROS

Dreaming in Glass: Masterworks by Tiffany Studios
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