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Tiffany Studios

“Peony” Table Lamp

Property from the Collection of David and Lindsay Morgenthaler, Cleveland, Ohio

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

“Peony” Table Lamp

“Peony” Table Lamp

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Property from the Collection of David and Lindsay Morgenthaler, Cleveland, Ohio

Tiffany Studios

“Peony” Table Lamp


circa 1905

with a “Tree” base

leaded glass, patinated bronze 

base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/553

37 in. (94 cm) high

22 in. (55.9 cm) diameter of shade

Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, the shade displays a saturated palette of peony blossoms ranging from rich scarlet red to deep magenta to pale rose. The shade with approximately 12 hairlines dispersed throughout, all seemingly stable. The shade with one glass tile which has been sensitively replaced with well-matched period glass. The top ring of the shade appears to have been reset at some point in the history of the piece with possibly replaced reinforcement wires; this is commonly seen with large-scaled shades over time.  The shade with some very minor traces of surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the leadlines, consistent with age. The “Tree” base is in overall very good condition, displaying an exceptionally rich russet brown and green patina. The patinated bronze surfaces with scattered minor surface scratches, wear, abrasions, and discolorations, consistent with age and gentle handling.  The bronze with some occasional oxidation and traces of surface soiling particularly concentrated to the recessed contours of the design.  With period socket cases and replaced interior componentry. With a later replaced finial. An outstanding example of Tiffany’s iconic “Peony” model with a highly artistic and early glass selection. In particular, practically every glass tile in this shade shows extraordinary nuance, and the background passages articulated in confetti glass (or fractured glass) impart the shade with strong visual depth and movement. 


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.

Charles Maurer, Cleveland, Ohio
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, pp. 151-153 (for the shade) and 191 (for the base)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 124 (for the shade)
William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York and London, 1983, p. 67 (for the base)
Takeo Horiuchi, ed., The World of Louis Comfort Tiffany: A Selection from the Anchorman Collection, Nagoya, Japan, 1994, p. 77 (for the shade)
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 301 (for the shade)
Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, p. 101 (for the base)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2019, pp. 83, nos. 312-313 (for the shade) and 126, no. 488 (for the base)