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Tiffany Studios

“Jeweled Geometric” Table Lamp

Property from an Important New York Collection

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

“Jeweled Geometric” Table Lamp

“Jeweled Geometric” Table Lamp

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Property from an Important New York Collection

Tiffany Studios

“Jeweled Geometric” Table Lamp


circa 1905

with a telescoping "Ball" base and finial

leaded glass, favrile glass, patinated bronze

shade with a small early tag impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK

base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/678

29¾ in. (75.6 cm) high

22¼ in. (56.5 cm) diameter of shade

Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, this striking shade displays a wonderfully nuanced gradation of colors from a striking fiery red along the lower register gradating above to rich orange, golden yellow and finally to an semi-transparent icy white-blue. The shade is further accented by the brilliantly iridized favrile glass balls encircling the shade. The shade has been converted from a hanger and associated with the present base at some point in the history of the piece.  The shade with approximately 15 hairlines dispersed throughout, all stable.  The shade with some very minor traces of surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the leadlines, consistent with age. The favrile glass balls on the shade all appear to be original and undisturbed and are in very good condition overall with some very light and minor surface wear. The base presents with scattered minor surface scratches, wear, abrasions and discolorations, consistent with age and gentle handling. The patinated bronze surfaces of the base display a particularly rich russet brown and green patina, with some occasional oxidation spots and traces of surface soiling particularly concentrated to the recessed contours of the design. With some minor pitting and surface irregularities to the bronze along the upper interior edge of the base above the ball border, not visually distracting.  The base cushion appears to have 17 original favrile glass balls and 16 later replaced glass balls; the latter appear slightly more transparent in coloration though are harmoniously interspersed and well integrated around the circumference of the base and do not visually detract from the overall presentation of the base. A few of the original favrile glass balls with tight hairline cracks; all appear stable. The telescoping mechanism functions smoothly. With a later replaced base plate on the underside. With period sockets, and with a period finial with original favrile glass ball. The finial ball with a very small loss to the iridized surface where the ball meets the bronze, measuring approximately ½ in. and not visually distracting. The finial does not secure to the shade but remains stable in place (this can be easily remedied if desired). A particularly striking and harmonious shade and base pairing, displaying an exceptionally saturated and beautifully gradated color palette to the shade.  


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.

Please note the provenance for this lot has been updated to reflect its full history, having been held in the Sydney and Frances Lewis Art Trust Collection from 1973-2000. The full provenance is as follows: Private Collection; Sotheby’s Parke Bernet, June 12, 1973, lot 253; Sydney and Frances Lewis Art Trust Collection; Christie’s New York, Tiffany: Innovation in American Design Including Property from the Sydney and Frances Lewis Art Trust Collection and the Estate of Leslie H. Nash, December 8, 2000, lot 370; Private Collection, Virginia; Geoffrey Diner, Washington, D.C., 2007; Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2010.

Private Collection

Sotheby’s Parke Bernet, June 12, 1973, lot 253

Sydney and Frances Lewis Art Trust Collection

Christie’s New York, Tiffany: Innovation in American Design Including Property from the Sydney and Frances Lewis Art Trust Collection and the Estate of Leslie H. Nash, December 8, 2000, lot 370

Private Collection, Virginia

Geoffrey Diner, Washington, D.C., 2007

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2010

Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, p. 177 (for the base)
William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, pp. 27 (for the shade) and 127 (for the base)
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Atglen, PA, 2001, p. 243 (for the base)
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, p. 86 (for the base)
Marilyn A. Johnson, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages, London, 2005, p. 161 (for the base)
Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated, New York, 2016, pp. 53 (for the base)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2019, p. 92, nos. 352 (for the shade and base pairing) and 353 (for the base)