with the original copper liner
mosaic favrile glass, gilt bronze
impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/29117/E
4 ¼ in. (10.8 cm) high
12 in. (30.5 cm) diameter
Overall in very good condition. The patinated bronze surfaces display a rich brown patina with some scattered minor surface scratches and abrasions, consistent with age and use. The bronze throughout with some traces of light surface soiling and oxidation concentrated to the recessed contours of the design, consistent with age and use. The mosaic favrile glass displays a vibrant palette of predominantly blues and violets, ranging from deep indigo to cobalt, cerulean, and lavender with aqua accents. The mosaic glass is beautifully iridized, imparting the glass with strong luminosity. The tiles with some edge wear and associated minor losses and clamshell edge flecks with some occasional slightly larger edge and corner chips, consistent with age and gentle handling and not visually distracting. The tiles with some occasional tight hairlines, which all appear stable. Two areas of the mosaic display a slightly uneven surface and appear to have been reset and re-grouted at some point in the history of the piece. One tile in this area was possibly replaced. The interior of the jardinière (beneath the liner) with some light surface soiling and oxidation, consistent with age. The underside of the jardiniere is covered with green felt; a hole in the center of the felt has been cut out to reveal the Tiffany marking on the underside. The original copper liner with scattered surface scratches, abrasions, discolorations, wear, and areas of oxidation. The interior of the liner with a small concentrated area of corrosion to the perimeter. A superb example of the form displaying an outstanding 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.
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany’s Glass-Bronzes-Lamps: A Complete Collector’s Guide, New York, 1971, p. 108
Vivienne Couldrey, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Secaucus, NJ, 1997, p. 149
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: Galerie Art Focus, Max Kohler Sammlung, Rotkreuz, 1997, p. 45
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, pp. 374-375
Martin Eidelberg, Nina Gray and Margaret K. Hofer, A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, exh. cat., New-York Historical Society, 2007, p. 75
William R. Holland, Tiffany Desk Sets, Atglen, PA, 2008, p. 229
Timeless Beauty: The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Atglen, PA, 2016, p. 149
Kelly A. Conway and Lindsay R. Parrott, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, exh. cat., The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, 2017, p. 201
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2019, p. 441, no. 1796