Property from the Estate of Charles J. Maurer
with copper liner
mosaic favrile glass, patinated bronze
impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/835
3⅜ in. (8.6 cm) high
12¼ in. (31.1 cm) diameter
Overall in very good condition. The mosaic favrile glass displays a rich variety of glass in a blue-green palette, ranging from bright apple green to vibrant kelly green to aqua. The striated iridized decoration on the glass is luminous and beautifully variegated in tones of lavender, turquoise and silver. The mosaic appears all original and undisturbed. The tiles with some scattered edge flecks and clamshells with some occasional slightly larger edge chips, only visible upon close inspection. The bronze surfaces with some scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions and light wear consistent with age and gentle handling. The bronze with some traces of surface soiling concentrated to the recessed contours of the design. The interior of the jardiniere with an area that is pushed slightly inward, possibly inherent to production and only visible under close inspection when the liner is removed. With a later replaced liner with light wear and faint discolorations. A rare and extravagant work from Tiffany’s “fancy goods” production with a rich glass selection.
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.
Vivienne Couldrey, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Secaucus, NJ, 1997, p. 149
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, pp. 374-375
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, pp. 395-397
Martin Eidelberg, Nina Gray and Margi Hofer, A New Light on Tiffany, Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, New York, 2007, p. 75
William R. Holland, Tiffany Desk Sets, Atglen, PA, 2008, p. 229
Kelly A. Conway and Lindsy R. Parrott, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, exh. cat., Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, 2017, p. 201