A MASSIVE PAIR OF AMERICAN SILVER "GEORGE III STYLE" NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA, DESIGNED BY PAULDING FARNHAM FOR TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1902-1907
A MASSIVE PAIR OF AMERICAN SILVER "GEORGE III STYLE" NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA, DESIGNED BY PAULDING FARNHAM FOR TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1902-1907
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A MASSIVE PAIR OF AMERICAN SILVER "GEORGE III STYLE" NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA, DESIGNED BY PAULDING FARNHAM FOR TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1902-1907

Estimate: 70,000 - 90,000 USD

A MASSIVE PAIR OF AMERICAN SILVER "GEORGE III STYLE" NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA, DESIGNED BY PAULDING FARNHAM FOR TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1902-1907

Estimate: 70,000 - 90,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

A MASSIVE PAIR OF AMERICAN SILVER "GEORGE III STYLE" NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA, DESIGNED BY PAULDING FARNHAM FOR TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, 1902-1907


incurved bases topped by stylized palmettes, rising to two tiers of scrolling acanthus branches with leafy sconces around central spiral-fluted sconce, tops of bases with monogram NHH, engraved underneathJHH to NHH, 1881-1906

marked on bases and numbered 15448-5740

793 oz 15 dwt

24,687 g

height 31 in.

78.3 cm

Condition Report

Both with several repairs or small splits to scrolling arms and the applied foliage on base, otherwise 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.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Sotheby's New York, January 21, 2011, lot 95

Catalogue Note

These candelabra are probably the most impressive pieces in a suite of items designed by Paulding Farnham in a "George III Revival" style. The earliest pieces formed part of Tiffany's gold-medal-winning display at the 1900 Paris exhibition, and can be compared with Farnham's neoclassical jewelry designs for the same fair (see the turquoise tiara, p. 119, John Loring, Paulding Farnham: Tiffany's Lost Genius).


The centerpiece from the Paris group is now in the Dallas Museum of Art, but when it was sold from Evergreen House, Baltimore, at Sotheby Parke Bernet in 1975, it was accompanied by a pair of four-light candelabra that are a reduced version of the offered pieces, as well as candlesticks, compotes, dessert dishes, claret jugs, and other pieces designed en suite (March 21, 1975, lots 107-114). Another matching centerpiece, completed in 1904, is illustrated John Loring, Tiffany's 150 Years, p. 126.

Style: Silver, Ceramics, Furniture
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