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IMPORTANT AND RARE 'ARCH AND LEAF' TABLE LAMP, CIRCA 1905

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Important and Rare 'Arch and Leaf' Table Lamp, circa 1905
Favrile glass, silvered bronze
32 in. (81.3 cm) high, 27 in. (68.6 cm) diameter
five shades engraved L.C.T., two engraved L.C.T. Favrile
base impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK S326 twice
Provenance
Private Collection, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2016
Literature
Tiffany Studios, Character and Individuality in Decorations and Furnishings, New York, 1913, p. 10 (for the model in the Metal Showroom of Tiffany Studios)
E. Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, p. 147 (base)
W. Feldstein, Jr. and A. Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, p. 33 (base)
A. Duncan, M. Eidelberg and N. Harris, Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany, London, 1989, p. 108 (base)
R. Koch, Louis C. Tiffany's Glass, Bronzes, Lamps: A Complete Collector's Guide, New York, 1989, p. 129 (base)
R. Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Atglen, 2001, pp. 241 and 282 (for a Tiffany Studios photograph of an example of the model with prism lustres)
M. Eidelberg, A. Cooney Frelinghuysen, N. A. McClelland, and L. Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, p. 156 (base)
A. Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Suffolk, 2019, p. 122, no. 474 (for the above photograph)

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Lot Essay

'The color combinations and lusters of evanescent tints combine...to present to waking senses all the beauty of an iridescent dream'
- "New Ideas in Glass," The Sun, October 17, 1895

The Arch and Leaf lamp base is an exquisite example of Tiffany’s stylistic genius. It epitomizes the Art Nouveau era, symbolizing nature and growth in all of its elements. Roots of the earth that form the archways give way to delicate leaves of life in their alcoves which are pierced to allow air, the most basic and necessary of elements to pass through. The Arch and Leaf lamp base appears in a photograph of the 1913 Metal Showroom, as well as in a historical photograph by Tiffany Studios, documenting its importance and the monumentality and daring nature of Tiffany Studios designs. The present lot with its silvered-bronze base contrasts beautifully with the seven iridized green Favrile globe shades, each complemented by a ring of rare pendant lustres. Only one other example of the Arch and Leaf with seven-lights is known to exist, in a variant patina and with prism lustres.

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