A Rare "Fruit" Table Lamp
Property from the Collection of Jeep and Carla Harned
A Rare "Fruit" Table Lamp
with a rare internally illuminated "Turtle-Back" base
leaded glass, patinated bronze
shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1519-4
base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/355
33 1/4 in. (84.5 cm) high
24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm) diameter of shade
Overall in very good condition. This lamp features exceedingly rare models of both shade and base and together create an incredibly exuberant and sculptural work with impressive visual presence when viewed firsthand. The shade comprises an array of vibrant tones depicting grapes and apples which are surrealistically combined on the same plant. The palette ranges from deep crimson red through an array of oranges to bright tangerine; from deep amethyst to lavender and fuschia; and from bright green to more subdued, pastel tones. The colors are offset by the rich ultramarine blue glass that comprises the background. The shade with approximately 7 hairline cracks dispersed throughout; stable. The shade with some traces of surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the leadlines and the recessed contours of the rippled glass comprising the upper and lower registers, consistent with age. The shade ring was likely reset at some point in the history of the piece, which is common for a shade of this large proportion. The rare, internally illuminated "Turtle-Back" base is in overall very good condition and displays a rich russet brown and green patina when viewed firsthand. The bronze surfaces with scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, dents, and scattered minor discolorations consistent with age and gentle handling. The patina with some light rubbing around the base switch on the upper shoulder. The base with some light surface soiling and traces of oxidation to the recessed contours of the design consistent with age and gentle use. The inset turtle-back tiles all appear to be original and undisturbed and are in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, the turtle-back tiles display extraordinarily luminous jewel-tone iridescence which is highly complementary to the shade. With period sockets; the interior socket in the base is a later replacement. With a later reproduction finial in very good condition with light wear, surface scratches and abrasions consistent with age and gentle handling. An extraordinary and sumptuous shade and base pairing with impressive sculptural presence and rich glass selection.
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