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Tiffany Studios

"Zodiac Turtle-Back" Desk Lamp

Property of an East Coast Collector

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

"Zodiac Turtle-Back" Desk Lamp

"Zodiac Turtle-Back" Desk Lamp

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Property of an East Coast Collector

Tiffany Studios

"Zodiac Turtle-Back" Desk Lamp


circa 1910

leaded glass, patinated bronze

base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/541

14½ x 10 x 6¼ in. (36.8 x 25.4 x 15.9 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The “Turtle-Back” tiles display a vibrant green coloration when viewed with remitted light, and with luminous jewel-tone iridescence when viewed with reflected light. The “Turtle-Back” tiles are plated on the interior. The bronze surfaces display with a deep rich russet brown and green patina, with occasional scattered minor surface scratches, abrasions, and discolorations to the patina consistent with age and gentle handling. With a period socket, and with a replaced switch knob. A particularly handsome example of this charming desk lamp displaying strong coloration to the iridescence.


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.

Lillian Nassau Gallery, New York

Private Collection, Richmond, Virginia, 1971

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2019, p. 122, no. 472

Art Nouveau, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, November 22-December 26, 1971