TIFFANY STUDIOS | "TURTLE-BACK" CHANDELIER
Property from the Collection of Jeep and Carla Harned
leaded glass, patinated bronze
with a small early tag impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK
52 in. (132.1 cm) drop
26¾ in. (67.9 cm) diameter of shade
Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand the shade displays a rich Kelly green coloration which is nuanced by the light transmission through the thick and dimensional “Turtle-Back” tiles. The Turtle-Back tiles are brilliantly iridized and display a luminous jewel-tone iridescence when viewed with reflected light. All of the Turtle-Back tiles appear original and undisturbed. The large Turtle-Back tiles are plated on the interior. The shade with some traces of surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the cames. The shade has recently had new support wires installed to reinforce stability. The original bronze shade cap displays a rich brown patina with scattered minor surface scratches and abrasions consistent with age and handling. The shade hook appears to be period but is possibly associated to the shade cap and is also in very good condition. The chain, ceiling hook and ceiling canopy appear to be later reproductions and are in very good condition. An impressive chandelier with exceptionally strong coloration and sculptural quality enhanced by the irregular texturing of the Turtle-Back tiles. The lamp presents beautifully in both remitted and reflected light conditions.
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.
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 120, no. 324
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 281, no. 1093