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Tiffany Studios

"Poppy" Table Lamp

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

"Poppy" Table Lamp

"Poppy" Table Lamp

Tiffany Studios

"Poppy" Table Lamp

circa 1905

with a rare "Cattail Pond Lily" base

leaded glass, patinated bronze

shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/1531-10

oil canister impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/3540

25 in. (63.5 cm) high

21 in. (53.3 cm) diameter of shade

Overall in very good condition. The shade displays a brilliant and highly saturated palette featuring exuberant red, coral and orange poppy blossoms over a rich jewel-tone ground with hues of emerald, sapphire, and amethyst. The shade with approximately 5 hairline cracks dispersed throughout, stable. The shade with some very minor and light traces of surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the leadlines and on the glass tiles beneath the etched bronze overlays, consistent with age. The etched bronze overlays appear entirely intact and in very good condition and present with some oxidation consistent with age. The highly sculptural “Cattail Pond Lily” base is in very good condition and displays superb cast and chased detailing. The bronze surfaces display a rich green-brown patina and present with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions and discolorations throughout, as well as some very minor traces of surface soiling and oxidation concentrated to the recessed portions of the design, consistent with age and gentle use. The period oil canister is possibly associated to the base and displays two holes which were filled in at some point in the history of the piece (one on the upper shoulder and one on the underside). With a period socket cluster with period sockets. With a later reproduction finial in very good condition with light surface wear. While the lamp is in good functional condition at the time of the sale, Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician. A superb example of both shade and base models with a stunning and exceptionally 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.


Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York
Acquired from the above, 1986

Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, p. 110 (for the shade)

Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 65, no. 177 (for the shade and base) and p. 88, no. 236 (for the base)

William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, p. 133 (for the base)

Alastair Duncan, Fin de Siècle Masterpieces from the Silverman Collection, New York, 1989, pp. 39 (for the base) and 40-41 (for the shade)

Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany's Glass, Bronzes, Lamps: A Complete Collector's Guide, New York, 1989, p. 125 (for the base)

Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 294 (for the shade and base)

Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 131 (for the shade), 163 and 175 (for the base)

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. 54 (for the base)

David A. Hanks, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, exh. cat., Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, 2013, p. 53 (for the base)

Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated, New York, 2016, p. 47 (for the base)

Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2019, p. 55 (for the base) and 58 (for the shade)