Luxury in New York. Sotheby’s to Offer One of the Most Important Collections of Tiffany Lamps To Be Auctioned in Over a Decade. On 17 December 2014.
LED BY TWO SUCCESSIVELY-NUMBERED WISTERIA LAMPS. Highlighting the New York Auction of Tiffany: Dreaming in Glass.
Luxury in New York. Sotheby’s will offer one of the most important private collections of Tiffany lamps to appear at auction in more than a decade, as the centerpiece of its 17 December 2014 auction Tiffany: Dreaming in Glass in New York. The group of seven lamps – comprising many of the firm’s most iconic and celebrated designs – was assembled thoughtfully over a period of 30 years by renowned Tiffany collector and dealer Sandra van den Broek, before being acquired by the present owner. The highlight of the group is two successively numbered Wisteria lamps – an extraordinary, nearly-identical pair whose harmonious coloration suggest that they were cut from the same sheets of glass (estimates $700,000 / 1 million each*). The collection will be on exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries beginning 13 December, alongside the full Tiffany and 20th Century Design auctions.
Sandra van den Broek commented: “Louis Comfort Tiffany was an unrelenting visionary, for whom artistry and innovation were everything. I acquired the lamps in this collection over a thirty year period, during which I always hunted for the best examples of each model, and the most unique and artistic pieces available. The lamps on offer define the criteria for exceptional Tiffany – from the most saturated and artistic glass selections, to the most desirable and dynamic shade and base combinations.”
Jodi Pollack, Head of Sotheby’s 20th Century Design Department in New York, commented: “Every new generation of collectors rediscovers the genius of Tiffany – a testament to the unparalleled innovation, creativity and craftsmanship of the firm’s work. In recent years, it has been thrilling to see global interest in Tiffany from young collectors, who are pairing great works of art by modern and contemporary masters with the firm’s spectacular designs. The two are a natural fit.”
Luxury in New York. View catalog: http://www.sothebys.com/pdf/2014/N09242A/index.html