Tiffany Studios Gilt-Bronze and Leaded Favrile Glass Oversize Table Lamp
Commissioned for Henry J. Hardenbergh's Hotel Manhattan, circa 1897
Shade stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK, base apparently unmarked.
Height overall 53 3/4 inches, height of shade 18 3/4 inches, diameter 31 inches.
William Doyle Galleries, Belle Époque, March 25, 1987, lot 270.
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, 19th and Early 20th Century Works of Art, April 18-20, 1974, lot 116 (part).
An identical lamp was sold at Christie's, New York, Magnificent Tiffany Featuring Property from the Gluck Collection, December 8, 2009, lot 51.
Cf. Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An Illustrated Reference to Over 2,000 Models, no. 776, p. 20, for an illustration of this lamp.
Doyle is pleased and honored to once again bring to auction one of only two known surviving rare and early Tiffany Studios gilt-bronze and leaded favrile glass lamps commissioned for Henry Hardenbergh's Hotel Manhattan, circa 1897. The monumental Tiffany table lamp, with its generously-sized leaded green marbleized glass domed shade raised on a massive classical style base ending in winged lion monopode feet, was purchased by the present consignor at William Doyle Galleries on March 25, 1987, lot 270. The present lamp is identical in scale and appearance to two other Tiffany lamps that once adorned the hotel's Palm Court or Tea Room, differing only in that they feature floral rather than geometric shades. The only other known lamp from this commission exactly matches the lamp offered here and was sold at auction in New York City in 2009.
The Hotel Manhattan, also known as the Manhattan Hotel, was a magnificent and lavishly appointed fourteen story hotel located on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and 42nd Street near Grand Central Station, in New York City. It was designed in 1893 by the American architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (1847-1918) and built between 1895-6 in the style of a French chateau. At one time, it held the title of being the tallest structure in the world. Hardenbergh is renowned for a body of work that includes the famed Dakota Apartments, Waldorf Hotel, Astoria Hotel and the Plaza Hotel, all in New York City, and the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., and the Windsor Hotel in Montreal, Canada.
Henry J. Hardenbergh spared no expense in the interior appointments and decoration of the new and palatial Hotel Manhattan. Some of the luxurious details on view in the public rooms included marble wainscoting inlaid with Tiffany favrile glass mosaics and at least four magnificent and impressive Tiffany bronze and favrile glass lamps, including the lamp offered here. At the time of the original order, the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company was relatively new, having been established only four years earlier by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1892. The hotel's official opening was reported and celebrated in The New York Times on October 15, 1896. The newspaper account describes the hotel's resplendent rotunda, which was decorated in the Italian Renaissance style. It had a twenty foot high ceiling, white marble floors and walls made of Italian light gray marble that were divided into panels and decorated with friezes and arabesques made of Tiffany glass mosaic, mother-of-pearl and gold. The hotel was simultaneously publicized in a promotional brochure issued by the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company titled Glass Mosaic, published in 1896, which featured the glass mosaics in the hotel's rotunda. A different brochure published in 1917 included an article on the Hotel Manhattan that describes the rotunda in greater detail. It tells of a spectacular oil mural that was six feet high and sixty feet long painted above the wainscoting depicting the "Triumph of Manhattan." Above the mural was an arched skylight made of Tiffany favrile glass. The brochure illustrates the parlor room of the State Suite in which a stylish Tiffany lamp hung with iridescent glass prisms is seen. The ceiling of the hotel's Palm Court or Tea Room featured a large circular dome of Tiffany favrile glass, which certainly would have been a beautiful complement to the massive and impressive Tiffany lamps below.
Doyle would like to thank Paul Doros for bringing the 1917 brochure to our attention. We would also like to thank Paul Imrie for providing information regarding the sale of the pair of Tiffany lamps at Sotheby Parke-Bernet in 1974.
C Estate of Harry Oppenheimer
Additional Notes & Condition Report
Base: Appears to be in generally good condition; no signature or stamp mark was found on the base; there is extensive wear, dulling and soiling to the patina, consistent with age, usage and handling; needs to be re-wired;
Re: Dating: Because the tag on the shade is marked TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK, this would indicate or suggest the lamp was likely made after 1902 since 1902 is the year in which the name of the company was changed from the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company to Tiffany Studios. Since the hotel opened in late 1896, it seems likely the lamp dates to the early part of the 20th century.
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