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Tiffany Studios

"Poppy" Table Lamp

Property from an Important American Collection

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

"Poppy" Table Lamp

"Poppy" Table Lamp

Property from an Important American Collection

Tiffany Studios

"Poppy" Table Lamp


circa 1905

with a rare telescoping "Ball" base and finial

leaded glass, favrile glass, patinated bronze

shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1531

base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/10916

26 3/4 in. (67.9 cm) high

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

Overall in very good condition. The shade displays incredible coloristic variety around the entirety of the shade with the vigorously mottled background glass gradating from fiery orange to sky blue. The poppy blossoms display rich crimson tones, and some are executed in rose-colored glass with turquoise striations. The shade with approximately 22 hairline cracks dispersed throughout, stable. The shade with some light surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the leadlines, consistent with age. The etched overlays on both the interior and exterior of the shade are all intact. The poppy center overlays present with some minor traces of oxidation consistent with age. A few of the glass tiles with very minor instances of devitrification, which is common and inherent to the natural aging of the material. The shade ring was possibly reset at some point in the history of the piece, and one leadline within the upper geometric border with a small break (stable) at the join with the shade ring. Two geometric tiles in the blue passage around the bottom border of the shade were possibly replaced at some point in the history of the piece with well-matched glass. The rare “Ball” base is a beautiful complement to the shade, with its branching roots mimicking the conical silhouette of the shade. The base presents with particularly rich russet brown patina with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions and faint discolorations consistent with age and use. The patina with some occasional minor paint enhancement, not visually distracting. The telescoping mechanism is fully operational. The favrile balls on the base and finial all appear original and undisturbed and display strong iridescence when viewed firsthand. The glass with some occasional minor air bubbles, particulate inclusions and surface irregularities inherent in the making, and with some scattered minor surface scratches consistent with age and gentle handling, not visually distracting. With period sockets and paddle switches. With a period “Ball” finial in very good condition with light wear. An exuberant and complex work with an outstanding glass selection and color palette. The shade and base pairing are highly complementary and impart the lamp with strong sculptural presence.    


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.

Macklowe Gallery, New York, 1990
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: Rebel in Glass, New York, 1964, p. 187 (for the base)
Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, pp. 108-110 (for the shade) and 177 (for the base)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 128 (for the base)
William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, p. 27 (for the base)
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Atglen, PA, 2001, p. 117 (for the base)
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 294 (for the shade)
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, p. 131 (for the shade)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, pp. 82 and 157 (for the base); p. 162 (for the shade)