A Rare "Butterfly" Table Lamp
Property from an Important American Collection
A Rare "Butterfly" Table Lamp
leaded glass, patinated bronze
shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK
base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/370/S182
21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm) high
16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm) diameter of shade
Overall in very good condition. The shade displays a rich blue and green palette which offsets the vibrant yellows of the butterflies and rose blossoms. Some of the butterflies are articulated in decorated iridized and “Cypriote” glass, which contributes to the texture and nuance of the butterfly wings. When seen with reflected light these glass passages are particularly attractive, displaying strong luminous color; when seen with transmitted light this glass shows wonderful nuance and tortoise-shell mottling which enhances the effect of the butterfly wings. The background glass is comprised entirely of confetti glass with emerald green stringing. The confetti glass displays a rich variety of transparent deep ocean blue and aqua tones with accents of indigo and aubergine. The shade overall presents with greater richness and variety when viewed firsthand compared to the printed catalogue illustration. The shade with approximately 24 hairline cracks dispersed throughout, stable and consistent with age, as is typical for a shade comprised largely of confetti glass. Three tiles have been sensitively stabilized by a professional Tiffany conservator. The shade with some minor traces of surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the leadlines, consistent with age. The base is in overall very good condition with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions and light wear to the patina, consistent with age and handling. The base with some traces of surface soiling concentrated to the recessed contours of the design. The base wheel appears to be a later reproduction. With period sockets and paddle switches. With a period finial in very good condition with minor wear and oxidation consistent with age. The threaded pin which secures the finial to the base is slightly too short and does not catch in the base; this element could be easily replaced. A rare and elaborate shade with a stunning glass selection and rich coloration.
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.