TIFFANY STUDIOS | "PEACOCK" TABLE LAMP
Property from the Collection of Jeep and Carla Harned
"PEACOCK" TABLE LAMP
with an internally illuminated "Crutch Oval" base with "Turtle-Back" band
leaded glass, patinated bronze
base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/S223/446 with the firm’s monogram
23¼ in. (59.1 cm) high
16 in. (40.6 cm) diameter of shade
Overall in very good condition. The shade displays masterful color transitions between green tones, including vibrant apple green, olive, and forest green, and fiery reds, oranges, and ochres, with accents of maroon around the bottom border. The peacock eyes are executed in a deep eggplant hue. The shade with approximately 3 hairline cracks dispersed throughout, stable. The shade with some traces of light surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the lead lines, consistent with age. The internally illuminated “Turtle-Back” base is in very good condition. The patinated bronze surfaces display a rich brown patina, with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, light wear and minor discolorations consistent with age and gentle handling. The Turtle-Back tiles all appear original and undisturbed and are in very good overall condition with some minor traces of light surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the lead lines. When illuminated, the Turtle-Back tiles appear a vibrant apple green which is highly complementary to the shade coloration. When viewed with reflected light, the Turtle-Back tiles display a luminous jewel tone iridescence. With period sockets and paddle switches that appear original and undisturbed, including the interior base socket. With a period finial in very good condition with some minor production flaws inherent in the making and with some scattered scratches and abrasions consistent with age and handling. The finial knop with one small and slightly deeper abrasion, only visible upon close inspection. A particularly striking example of the model displaying an unusual color palette and a highly desirable and complementary base pairing.
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, pp. 135 (for the base) and 137 (for the shade)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 69, no. 189 (for the shade) and p. 132, no. 348 (for the base)
William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, p. 147 (for the shade)
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany's Glass, Bronzes, Lamps: A Complete Collector's Guide, New York, 1989, p. 127 (for the base)
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Atglen, PA, 2001, p. 240 (for the base)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 29, nos. 75-76 and p. 96, no. 379 (for the base); p. 79, no. 308 and p. 142, no. 591 (for the shade)
Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated, New York, 2016, p. 68 (for the base)