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Tiffany Studios

"Dragonfly" Table Lamp

Property from an Important American Collection

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

"Dragonfly" Table Lamp

"Dragonfly" Table Lamp

Property from an Important American Collection

Tiffany Studios

"Dragonfly" Table Lamp


circa 1905-1910

leaded glass, patinated bronze

shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1495

base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/394

24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm) high

20 3/8 in. (51.8 cm) diameter of shade

Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, the shade displays a stunning complementary palette of rich yellow and blue. The upper register is comprised of a range of yellow tones including cadmium and lemon yellow, with areas of more chartreuse and more orange-yellow hues. Compared to the printed catalogue illustration, this area is slightly less red and generally more nuanced and variegated when viewed firsthand. The composition descends from yellow into blue in the lower register, which presents slightly less purple and more blue when viewed firsthand compared to the printed catalogue illustration. The lower register displays a nuanced variety of tones, ranging from cornflower blue to violet to sky blue, and is accented by bright turquoise cabochons. The glass selection throughout displays vigorous mottling, enhancing the visual interest, depth and movement throughout the shade. The shade with approximately 6 hairlines dispersed throughout, stable. The shade with some surface soiling throughout concentrated to the contours adjacent to the leadlines, and with slightly more concentrated areas of soiling to the dragonfly wings. The etched filigree overlays on the dragonfly wings are all intact and present with some minor traces of oxidation, consistent with age. The shade with one tile in the upper geometric border which was possibly replaced with period Tiffany glass. The base is in overall very good condition with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions and occasional faint discolorations, consistent with age and gentle uses. The base with a later reproduction riser and wheel. With period sockets and paddle switches. With a period finial in very good condition with some occasional minor surface scratches and abrasions, and with a shallow dent on one side only visible upon close inspection. An outstanding example of this iconic model displaying a striking glass selection and outstanding color transition. 


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.

Collection of Gilbert A. and Anne B. Harrison, Denver, Colorado
Sotheby's New York, June 14, 2008, lot 38
Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, pp. 102 (for the shade and base pairing) and 103-105 (for the shade)
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany's Glass, Bronzes, Lamps: A Complete Collector's Guide, New York, 1989, p. 128 (for the shade)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 152 (for the shade)
David A. Hanks, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, New York, 2013, pp. 52-55 (for the shade)