Tiffany overhead lamp electrifies Morphy’s May 29-31 auction with $143,750 bid

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Tiffany overhead lamp, $143,750.

DENVER, Pa. – In service both functionally and decoratively in the same family’s home for the past half century, a Tiffany Studios Favrile hanging lamp in the rare Nasturtium Trellis pattern illuminated Morphy Auctions’ gallery on May 29 with a winning bid of $143,750 (inclusive of 15 percent buyer’s premium). Absolutely fresh to the market, the profusely decorated 26½-inch conically shaped shade featured blossoms shading from peach, burnt orange and crimson to violet and mauve, against a mottled opalescent Favrile-glass background with overall leafage and trellis “frame.”

Easily meeting its presale expectations of $125,000-$150,000, the 1899-1906 lamp was the very one illustrated in the book Louis Comfort Tiffany by Jacob Beal-Teshura. “There were several fine Tiffany lamps in the decorative arts section of this sale, but we knew this was the one collectors would bid aggressively to own,” said Morphy’s chief operating officer, Dan Morphy. “Experts who viewed it were very excited over its rarity and outstanding original condition. It isn’t often that a Tiffany Studios lamp this unusual comes to the auction marketplace. Its exceptional quality and provenance provided all the ingredients for a top auction price. It certainly didn’t disappoint.”

A full report on the $1.4 million three-day Spring Antiques auction will be released soon. Morphy Auctions is a division of Geppi’s Entertainment Auctions &
Publications.

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