9 December 2014
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION, TEXAS
A 'PEACOCK/SCARAB' TABLE LAMP, CIRCA 1905
decorated Favrile glass with applied scarab beetles fitted into an enamel-on-copper foot with enameled peacock eyes
45 in. (114.3 cm.) high, 11 ½ in. (29.2 cm.) diameter of shade
shade etched 5208, base impressed B1281
Private collection, Long Island;
John W. Mecom Jr., Texas;
Sotheby's, New York, Highly Important Tiffany Lamp from the Collection of John W. Mecom, Jr., Houston, Texas, 22 April 1995, lot 37.
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W. Feldstein, Jr. and A. Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, 1983, pp. 60 and 61.
This possibly unique lamp is a variant of another Favrile glass peacock lamp commissioned by Charles W. Gould. The Gould lamp is in the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and differs from the present example in that the shade is supported by three enamel-on-copper heads edged in identical beetle stringing. The Peacock Scarab lamp is thought to have been made in a series of fives with similar elements but differing in size, shape and ornament.
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