Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Louis Comfort Tiffany Lamps at Christie's New York

TIFFANY STUDIOS
A 'DROPHEAD DRAGONFLY' TABLE LAMP, CIRCA 1905
leaded glass, patinated bronze
32 in. (81.3 cm.) high, 22 1/8 in. (56.2 cm.) diameter of shade
shade impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1507-30, 
base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 
Price Realised $492,500 US Dollars (estimate was $250,00 to $350,000) 

I LOVE Louis Comfort Tiffany anything - especially his gorgeous stained glass lamps. When I popped in Christie's in December, I was thrilled to see some amazing lamps available for sale. If money were no object, I would for sure be purchasing one of these gems. To be honest, I probably would buy more than 1 ! Let's read about some history of this most talented man. 

Some history on Louis Comfort Tiffany from Christie's website: 

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) — not to be confused with his father Charles Tiffany, who founded the renowned jewellery house Tiffany & Company — was an artist, decorator and designer. ‘After successful careers as a painter and interior decorator, Louis decided to shift focus onto the design and production of stained glass windows,’ explains Beth Vilinsky, Design specialist at Christie’s in New York. ‘His leaded glass lamps were a natural offshoot. His factory, located in Queens, New York, produced these and a wide variety of other decorative objects for almost 40 years.’

Tiffany hired some of the finest artisans in the United States to realise his aesthetic vision in leaded glass. Lampshade construction was a laborious process, with each small section of glass carefully selected from the thousands of sheets available to the men and women in the cutting departments. ‘The finest lampshades exhibit a wonderful harmony of diverse colours, with subtle tones in an intricate pattern,’ says Vilinsky. 

The dragonfly lamp is a classic design  

TIFFANY STUDIOS
A 'WISTERIA' TABLE LAMP, CIRCA 1905
leaded glass, patinated bronze
26 ½ in. (68 cm.) high, 18 in. (45.8 cm.) diameter of shade
mounting post of shade impressed 1073, base plate impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1073
Price Realised $492,500 US Dollars 


TIFFANY STUDIOS
A 'LABURNUM' TABLE LAMP, CIRCA 1910
leaded glass, patinated bronze
32 in. (81.3 cm.) unextended height, 21 ½ in. (54.6 cm.) diameter of shade
base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 397
Price Realised $372,500 (estimate was $200,000 to $300,000) 


This lamp was just gorgeous in person, I cannot explain how wonderful it is to see one of these in person. I could stare at it for hours, I don't think Christie's would be thrilled with that fact!  

Such beauty  


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