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Tiffany Glass and Bronze "Dragonfly" Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York "Dragonfly" glass and bronze chandelier. This elegant chandelier is composed of a choice selection of glass, which makes this an exceptional example of Tiffany''s iconic dragonfly lamp. The dragonflies are composed of dark green glass bodies, variegated blue glass wings and red glass eyes. The cabochon glass jewels that surround this chandelier depict emeralds, sapphires and topaz. The two top and three bottom borders are made up of various colors of rippled glass. This exciting glass composition rests upon a ground of green, green/blue and brown glass. Similar chandeliers are pictured in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 230, plate 891-893.

Tiffany Glass and Bronze 'Dragonfly' Chandelier

"Geometric Brick" Tiffany Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York "Geometric" leaded glass and bronze chandelier. The green- and sunset-hued mottled glass shade features a geometric "brick" pattern. The shade hangs from a patinated bronze suspension. A similar hanging shade is pictured in: Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club Ltd., 2007, p. 310, plate 1244.

'Geometric Brick' Tiffany Chandelier

Tiffany Studios New York "Stalactite" Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York golden stalactite chandelier with pulled iridescent gold feather decoration. A similar fixture is pictured in: "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models" by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 294, plate 1161.

Tiffany Studios New York 'Stalactite' Chandelier

"Geometric Brick" Tiffany Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York leaded glass and bronze "Geometric" chandelier. The glass shade features a geometric "brick" pattern and is decorated in hues of green, flame orange and amber mottled glass. The shade hangs from a patinated bronze suspension. A similar hanging shade is pictured in: Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club Ltd., 2007, p. 310, plate 1244.

'Geometric Brick' Tiffany Chandelier

Tiffany Studios "Bouquet" Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York "Bouquet" leaded glass and patinated bronze chandelier. This particular shade has a remarkable range of multi-colored red hued peony blossoms on swirled blue and purple background with a beaded top and bottom rim. A similar shade is pictured in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 216, plate 851. 

Tiffany Studios 'Bouquet' Chandelier

Tiffany Studios Golden Stalactite Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York golden stalactite chandelier with pulled gilt decoration, suspended from a patinated bronze and brass chain and pole system. This chandelier features a larger central stalactite surrounded by 6 smaller stalactites. The stalactite shades are decorated in gold and brown on a yellow background. In 1897 Mark Twain embarked on a lengthy tour of North Africa and the Holy Land. two years later, he published "Innocents Abroad," a widely read and celebrated account of these travels. Inspired by Twain''s work, Louis Comfort Tiffany traveled to Northern Africa the same year Innocents Abroad was published. What he found in Northern Africa and Southern Spain was a seemingly an endless trove of artistic inspiration. Upon he returned he immediately painted an oil painting titled "Market Day at Tangiers," depicting exactly that and particularly highlighting the Islamic architecture surrounding the market square in the city. Tiffany would later model the fountain court of his home at Laurelton Hall after the Court of the Lions at the Moorish palace La Alhambra in Granada. The Laurelton Hall fountain court, which was later described as "the soul of the house," by Tiffany scholars, was filled with arabesque texturing in the walls that created domed, stylized shelves called "Muqarnas," a traditionally Moorish architectural feature. Tiffany so loved the Muqarnas walls t ... hat he designed Favrile glass forms to fit in the indentations, and, later still, Favrile glass shades, like those in this chandelier, to mimic and compliment their shape. A similar chandelier is pictured in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 299, plate 1186.

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Tiffany Studios Golden Stalactite Chandelier

Tiffany Studios New York "Geometric Tile" Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York "Geometric Greek Key" chandelier. The domed shade has a central white opalescent turtleback tile with gold iridescence, from which radiates a geometric pattern of graduating glass tiles in white and amber tones, all set within a wide Greek Key patterned rim in verdigris patina, supported by four handles and chains. A similar chandelier is pictured in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 316, plate 1263. Brief Overview of the Chandelier Tiffany was a man preoccupied with Grecian decor. In the same year this fixture was produced, Tiffany threw his famed Quest of Beauty pageant for his sixty-eighth birthday on February 19, 1915. The Greek pageant illustrated the journey of mankind from caveman to cultured artistic civilization. Tiffany spared no expense, spending $15,000 on lights, and hiring a cast of forty-two professional actors. On the wall behind the actors, were a row of Grecian shields including the shield of Medusa. The iridescence for which Tiffany was most renowned was inspired by the iridescence of Roman and Grecian glass. As a close friend of the Met Museum''s president, he kept up to date with the latest archaeological discoveries. The lamp''s amber glass is of particular richness, owing to the fearless experimentati ... on of Tiffany''s lead chemist Arthur J. Nash. Nash added unconventional materials such as birch bark and burnt oats to create glass that varied in value and delighted with their imperfection. It is extremely rare to find a chandelier with exquisite bronze work surrounding the overall leaded glass composition. In 50 years specializing in the artwork of Louis Comfort Tiffany, this is the first "Greek Key" border chandelier we have had the good fortune to offer for sale.

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Tiffany Studios New York 'Geometric Tile' Chandelier

Tiffany Studios New York "Geometric Tile" Chandelier

A rare Tiffany Studios New York "Woven Basket" glass and bronze chandelier designed for the Farwell Building in Detroit, Michigan. Tiffany was an avid collector and admirer of Native American woven baskets; he admired their studied, refined application of color and rhythmic geometry, as well as the intensive focus on hand made craft they represented. In this stunning chandelier, we see Tiffany reflect those aspects of the woven baskets he so admired while incorporating a special, exciting color palette to reflect the custom interior space the light fixture would hang in. The present example is one of three similar chandeliers designed by Tiffany Studios for the entrance hall of the Farwell Building in Detroit, Michigan. The building was designed by the Detroit architectural firm of Rogers & Bonnah and opened on March 8, 1915. Tiffany Studios was commissioned to design the bronze work around the main entrance door, as well as the mosaic vaulted ceiling and three chandeliers adorning the entrance hall. A photograph taken by the Detroit Free Press on February 12, 1974 shows the three chandeliers and the impressive mosaic ceiling in the entrance hall. The elaborate geometric pattern of glass in this chandelier echoes the iridescent glass mosaic pattern in the vaulted ceiling from which the chandelier was suspended. The same pattern and color scheme is reflected in the mosaic ... floor designed by Tiffany Studios for the Philadelphia Mint, which opened in 1901. PROVENANCE: Harry Rott, former owner of the Farwell Building, Detroit, MI Sotheby''s Important Design Sale 08 June 2005, Lot 176 {$168,000} Pictured in Vivienne Couldrey, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, London, 2001, p. 163 and back cover (for a section of mosaic glass designed by Tiffany Studios for the Philadelphia Mint)

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Tiffany Studios New York 'Geometric Tile' Chandelier