In what is being regarded as one of the most important Tiffany auctions in the past 25 years, James D. Julia’s Extraordinary Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction grossed $4.3M. The top lot sold on Bidsquare? An iconic Tiffany design, the Lotus Table Lamp, selling for $86,800.
“The Lotus pattern, also referred to as ‘Mandarin’, is one of the most complex of Tiffany Studios geometric shade designs. The scarcity of this design, the amount of geometry involved in the shade, and the number of glass tiles used to construct the shade make it a very desirable model,” said Mike Fredericks, James D. Julia’s Department Head in Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry. The sale featured seven leaded glass windows, the most anticipated being a Wisteria Window which sold for an impressive $257,850. Another intricate example of the windows offered in the sale was the ‘Dogwood Flower’ scene, a popular design at auction.
“Dogwood flowers are a common theme found in Tiffany Studios lamp applications, and Tiffany also made windows in many different floral styles, including Wisteria, Dogwood, Apple Blossom, Magnolia and others,” said Mike Fredericks about the style at auction. “Our June auction had six examples of Dogwood from Tiffany Studios, ranging from a small 14” table lamp selling for $15,730, to the window shown hereselling at $49,600, and finally, the 32” Dogwood floor lamp selling for a phenomenal $406,600 which we believe is a new World Record for the Tiffany Studios Dogwood pattern sold at auction.”
Two top selling chandeliers on Bidsquare had intricate, “bronze twisted wire” adorning the top. As a young artist early in his career, Louis C. Tiffany traveled extensively in Europe and North Africa and was heavily influenced by Etruscan, Egyptian and Moorish design styles. Many of his later designs for Tiffany Studios metalwork and lamp fixtures carry these influences, and this Moorish-style detailing is a great example of this.
The Tiffany Studios Jeweled Turtleback Desk Lamp pictured below soared in price, $11,360 over estimate to sell for $17,360. Mike Fredericks from James D. Julia commented on the lot, “This was a very strong, authentic example of this model, and performed very well. The turtlebacks illuminate a beautiful bright blue with strong iridescent highlights, the finish and patina of the base was very strong and the price reflected the enthusiasm of our audience. The results speak for themselves!”