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Tiffany Studios

"Dragonfly" Table Lamp

Property from a Distinguished West Coast Collection

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

"Dragonfly" Table Lamp

"Dragonfly" Table Lamp

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Property from a Distinguished West Coast Collection

Tiffany Studios

"Dragonfly" Table Lamp


circa 1905

with a rare reticulated blown glass "Pineapple" base

leaded glass, favrile glass, patinated bronze

shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1462-16

base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/28610

23¼ in. (59.1 cm) high

17¼ in. (43.8 cm) diameter of shade

Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, the shade displays an unusual and artistic glass selection showing a striking transition in the background passages from vibrant emerald greens striated below with yellow-orange. The translucency of the background glass imparts the shade with strong luminosity and brilliance, giving the shade a dazzling jewel-like effect, which is further complemented by the vibrant green glass in the base. The shade with approximately 12 hairlines dispersed throughout, stable. The shade with some minor traces of surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the leadlines, consistent with age. The etched filigrees overlaying the dragonfly wings appear entirely intact and present with some slightly more concentrated surface soiling to the recesses. The shade leading with some minor traces of oxidation concentrated to the filigree overlays. The green favrile glass blown through the rare reticulated “Pineapple” base appears to be original and undisturbed. There is a small V-shaped hairline crack extending from the first row of glass on the Pineapple standard that is visible in three adjacent reticulated sections of the glass. This hairline crack appears tight and stable. The favrile glass blown through the base with surface soiling along the adjacent contours of the bronze reticulations. The patinated bronze surfaces of the base display a deep and rich russet brown and green patina. The bronze surfaces with some occasional light surface scratches, abrasions, wear and discolorations, consistent with age and gentle handling. The bronze with some occasional oxidation spots and traces of surface soiling concentrated to the recessed contours of the design. This base is designed with an integral heat cap and switch. The top knop serves as the lamp switch and is fully functional with slightly more concentrated rubbing to the patina from prior use. With period sockets. With a period finial.  A harmonious and well-proportioned shade and base pairing displaying an unusual and highly artistic 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.

for the shade:
Christie's New York, June 11, 1999, lot 116
Geyer Collection, Pound Ridge, New York
Sotheby's New York, December 18, 2013, lot 338
Private Collection, United States
Sotheby's New York, December 13, 2017, lot 225
Acquired from the above by the present owner

for the base:
Mannie and Helen La Barbara Collection
Phillips New York, March 20, 1998, lot 257 
Geyer Collection, Pound Ridge, New York
Sotheby's New York, December 18, 2013, lot 338
Private Collection, United States
Sotheby's New York, December 13, 2017, lot 225
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, pp. 92-94 (for the shade) and 95 (for the base)
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005,  pp. 64 and 187 (for the shade); pp. 99 and 129 (for the base)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2019, pp. 21, no. 35, 27, nos. 52 and 54, 51, no. 165 and 133, no. 535 (for the shade); p. 73, no. 268 (for the base)