Tiffany Studios Reticulated Bronze and Leaded Glass Turtleback Table Lamp
The domed geometric shade in mottled green colored glass and with a six-light cluster, raised on a pierced blown-out 'Pineapple' standard, shade signed TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK and inscribed 1655; base stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 28610. Height 22 3/4 inches; height of shade 6 5/8 inches, diameter 16 inches.
Estate of Lee B. Anderson
Gifted to Consignor, 2012.
According to the October 1, 1906, Price List for Tiffany Studios, published in Louis C. Tiffany's Glass - Bronzes - Lamps: A Complete Collector's Guide, by Robert Koch, this lamp base is model no. 338, which retailed for $80.00 and was described as "blown glass in metal, Pineapple, four leaf legs."
Snow, Barbara. "Paintings and Antiques: The New York Town House of Lee B. Anderson", in Antiques, November 1961, pgs. 442-5; "Nineteenth-Century Brownstone: Mr. Lee B. Anderson, New York City," in Living With Antiques, pgs. 183-9; "At Home With Art: Lee Anderson's Renwick Point House," in Art in America, January-February 1971, Vol. 59, no. 1, pgs. 86-9; Lowe, David. "The House on Stuyvesant Place: A Collector's Collector," in The American Heritage Society's Americana, March 1974, Vol. 2, no. 1, pgs. 8-11; Daniel Wolf. "Da Lee Anderson, Il Collezionista," in Casa Vogue, June 1985, no. 64, pgs. 172-5; Judith Miller, More Period Details: The House Renovator's Bible, pg. 171, fig. 9.
For a similar 'Pineapple' lamp base, see Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An Illustrated Reference to Over 2,000 Models, New Edition, pg. 73, figs. 267 and 268.
For a similar 'Pineapple' lamp base sold at auction, see Morphy Auctions, Denver, PA, Lamps, Glass & Jewelry, June 21, 2018, lot 804.
Additional Notes & Condition Report
Shade: appears to be in generally good condition; there are perhaps only two or three small glass segments with tight hairline cracks; the turtlebacks appear to be in good condition and do not appear to be loose (nice and sturdy); the glass is uniformly soiled and would benefit from a careful cleaning; the glass in the blown-out section appears to be in good, undamaged condition
Base: typical wear, dulling and soiling to the patina; the patina is completely worn away on the main part of the blown-out section of the body; lamp has been rewired; sockets and wiring were not tested; the domed heat cap appears to be authentic and original; finial is a later replacement
UPDATE: please note the finial is not a later replacement, rather, the finial appears to be original to the lamp and has a function; this finial is actually designed to serve as the on/off switch activation mechanism to turn on and turn off the lamp; this finial/mechanism, however, does not appear to be in working condition; currently, the lamp sockets will not turn on and the finial mechanism just continually turns in a clockwise motion when turned, i.e., it does not "click on" and "click off" when turned; consequently, please expect that this lamp will require professional servicing in order to repair the on/off switch mechanism to allow the lamp to function properly and be returned to proper working condition
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