• Fine American Paintings, Drawi auction at Christies

    Sale 2285

    Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    4 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 72

    Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)


    Price Realised  


    Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)
    oil on board
    20 x 23½ in. (50.8 x 59.7 cm.)

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    The artist.
    James Ryan, New York, gift from the above.
    By descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text


    In 1902, Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of Charles Lewis Tiffany who founded Tiffany & Co., set out to fulfill his longtime artistic dream of creating a cohesive work of art that would integrate diverse decorative elements in a single structure. Named Laurelton Hall, this three-year venture culminated in an extraordinary 600-acre estate in New York's Cold Springs Harbor on Long Island. Tiffany was intimately involved in all aspects of this project including the design of the residence, both its architecture and interior décor, as well as its lavish gardens, pools and terraces. Displayed in this residence was the artist's extensive glass collection, Egyptian jewelry, Native American Artifacts, and endless additional fine art objects.

    Depicting the landscapes of his beloved Laurelton Hall and his Florida estate, Comfort Lodge, the present works convey the elegance of Tiffany's skill as well as his mastery of color and light. Appearing at auction for the first time, this rare group of paintings and watercolors have descended in the family of James Ryan, the artist's chauffeur from 1911 until his death in 1933. As a result of their long association, Ryan received numerous gifts from the artist including the present works. Though Laurelton Hall fell to fire in 1957, these remarkable images stand as a lasting tribute to Tiffany's extraordinary artistic vision, as well as his unsung talents as a painter.