ALAMEDA, Calif. — Japan’s famed Garden Museum Collection was known for the assembly of the finest Tiffany masterworks ever produced. Michaan’s presented a portion of the collection in the first Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum, Japan Auction held on November 17, 2012, which became the firm’s highest grossing sale to date with a total in excess of $4 million. [Read about first session of the Tiffany sale]
A follow-up Tiffany sale is now scheduled for May 18, 2013. More than 75 lots originating
from the Garden Museum will be featured, accompanied by additional Tiffany consignments from other private sources.
Two important Tiffany floor lamps lead the Garden Museum highlight selections. Both are in excellent condition and are exceptional glasswork examples. An Oriental Poppy floor lamp standing 79 inches tall is an example of Tiffany’s mastery of color: Petals were executed in ample cuts, allowing large sections of concentrated color to shine through ($600,000-$800,000). Another top-tier example is found in a Yellow Rose floor lamp (one of two known, $750,000-$900,000).
An additional piece of Tiffany lighting is offered in a geranium table lamp ($150,000-$200,000). The conical shade is fashioned with standing geraniums, peeking out from broad leaves. The lamp is completed by a coveted bulbous bronze base decorated with a blue and green palette of mosaic tiles.
Several original paintings by Louis Comfort Tiffany also make an appearance, including a 1925 oil on canvas titled “Painting on the Beach” ($40,000-$60,000), in which Tiffany’s personal nurse, Sarah Hanley, and a fellow artist are depicted painting on a South Florida beach.
Another Tiffany artwork in the auction is found in a watercolor on paper titled “Desert Scene” ($35,000-$50,000). Tiffany was fascinated by North Africa’s intriguing combination of exoticism, daunting vistas and intense sunlight. He credited his painting excursions to Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and the Levant with awakening him to the importance of col
Decorative works of art from the Garden Museum Collection are quite varied in the sale.
Amongst the offered lots is a circa 1900 Calla Lily and
Poppy enamel-on-copper vase ($70,000-$90,000), also an enamel-on-copper Sagittaria vase whose lip displays a foliage form ($70,000-$90,000), a bronze candlestick decorated with Favrile glass balls ($30,000-$40,000), a Scarab humidor ($35,000-$40,000), a bronze Casket inkwell inset with Favrile glass turtleback tiles ($30,000-$40,000) and an important set of Tiffany & Company mixed metal silver exhibited at the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris.
An addition to this sale will be four extraordinary modern works in glass by Steven Stelz as well as a contemporary stained glass window in the style of Tiffany by Michael Mattei.
For more information on the Tiffany & 20th Century Design Auction, contact 510-740-0220 or visit www.michaans.com.