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Tiffany Studios

"Wisteria" Table Lamp

Property from an Important American Collection

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

"Wisteria" Table Lamp

"Wisteria" Table Lamp

Property from an Important American Collection

Tiffany Studios

"Wisteria" Table Lamp


circa 1902

with a "Tree" base

leaded glass, patinated bronze

interior of shade crown impressed 25981 and 2 twice

underside of shade mounting post impressed twice

top of base column impressed 25981 and 2 twice

base plate impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/25981/2 with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company monogram

27 in. (68.6 cm) high

18 1/2 in. (47 cm) diameter of shade

When viewed firsthand, the shade displays a rich and highly artistic glass selection in a range of blue and purple tones, including ultramarine, indigo, periwinkle, cornflower blue and violet, with areas of soft pink. The composition is accented by branching leaves in shades of green and warm yellow. The wisteria blossoms are interspersed with transparent jewel-tone aqua glass, which enhances the effect of pictorial depth. The tips of the lower panicles are also selectively accented with translucent violet glass. When viewed firsthand, the glass shows greater artistic nuance and is slightly less red than seen in the printed catalogue illustrations, notably in the lighter passages of the shade. The shade and base are both impressed 2, reinforcing that both components originated together from the time of manufacture. The shade is in overall very good condition with some minor traces of surface soiling throughout, consistent with age. The shade with approximately 35 hairline cracks dispersed throughout (all stable), which is a relatively low number when taking into consideration the vast number of individual glass tiles comprising a shade of this scale and complexity. As is commonly seen with the "Wisteria" model, a few of the lower panicles along the bottom irregular border are very subtly bent inward; these elements all appear stable. One panicle appears to have been sensitively stabilized, likely to correct bending, not visually distracting. The top bronze armature of the shade and lower branching is finely cast and displays some scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions and light wear consistent with age and gentle handling. With some gentle rubbing to the high points of the top reticulated shade armature and some light surface soiling and minor oxidation to the recessed contours. The bronze branching incorporated throughout the top register of the shade is highly sculptural and tactile, and adds great visual interest and dimensionality to the lamp. The “Tree” base is in overall very good condition with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, discolorations and light wear consistent with age and use. With a period switch knob with replaced switch mechanism. With period sockets. A stunning example of this iconic model.


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.

Simon Liberman, New York
Burt Sugarman
Christie's New York, Highly Important Tiffany, The Burt Sugarman Collection, March 30, 1985, lot 11
Christie's New York, November 18, 1988, lot 707
Macklowe Gallery, New York, 1989
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: Rebel in Glass, New York, 1964, pl. v
Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, pp. 215-220
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, pp. 89 and 148
William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, p. 37
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany's Glass, Bronzes, Lamps: A Complete Collector's Guide, New York, 1989, p. 131
Vivienne Couldrey, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Secaucus, NJ, 1997, p. 136
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Atglen, PA, 2001, pp. 74, 242 and 284
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, pp. 292-293
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, p. 107
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, p. 67
Martin Eidelberg, Nina Gray and Margaret K. Hofer, A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, London, 2007, p. 48
Timeless Beauty, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Atglen, PA, 2016, p. 119