Rare Tiffany Studios Green Patinated Bronze and Favrile Glass Scarab Hanging Lamp
Possibly Made for Display at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901
In the form of three conjoined scarabs, each side comprised of four iridescent molded "turtleback" tiles, one side in translucent green colored glass and the other two sides in opalescent glass, centering two translucent amethyst colored rippled glass segments, forming a shell and head flanked by needle-tipped legs and topped with two chiseled translucent amber colored "jeweled" glass eyes, the bottom claws inset with a gilt-metal sphere; suspended by three beaded metal strands and a ceiling cap; unsigned. Height overall (including chains and cap) 26 1/2 inches; height of body 12 inches.
See Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An Illustrated Reference to Over 2000 Models (Revised Edition), p. 309, no. 1218, for an illustration of the present lot.
See James L. Harvey, "Source of Beauty in Favrile Glass," in Brush and Pencil, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Dec. 1901), p. 171, for an account of Louis C. Tiffany's participation at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901 and a contemporary photograph of an identical and equally rare Tiffany Studios Scarab hanging lamp differing from the present lot by its added embellishment of a set of wings and a sphere in the claws at the top. The article has photographs of other Tiffany pieces displayed at the fair, including ten Favrile glass vases but it is the winged Scarab hanging lamp that is perhaps the most striking.
Sotheby's, New York.
Doyle would like to thank Greg Kuharic for his critical assistance in the cataloging of this lot.
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