- Dec. 6, 2019
-- Perennially, one of the most beautiful sights of the Christmas season in Pennsylvania is Morphy Auctions' Fine & Decorative Arts pre-auction gallery preview. The warmth of rare antique leaded-glass lamps, the fiery sparkle of fine gems and the iridescence of Art Nouveau vases combine to create an atmosphere of luminescence and traditional quality that bidders look forward to, year after year. This holiday season, Morphy's will present a 767-lot Fine & Decorative Arts Auction on Thursday, December 12 led by exquisite designs from Tiffany Studios, including scores of rare table, floor and hanging lamps.
Topping the Tiffany lighting selection is a 22½-inch-tall table lamp with a leaded-glass shade in the "Poppy" motif. Featuring richly hued red and pink poppies in concert with a band of green leaves against a mottled light-blue background, this stellar example of Tiffany artistry is signed on both the base and 17-inch (diameter) shade. The auction estimate is $100,000-$150,000.
An exotic masterpiece, a circa-1910 Tiffany Studios table lamp with a "Venetian" leaded-glass shade stands 21 inches tall on a foliate, "jewel"-studded gilt-bronze base. The densely arranged glass segments run the gamut of warm honey, gold, and ruby hues pleasingly punctuated by violets and greens throughout. From a long-held collection, it carries a $50,000-$80,000 estimate.
A stunning Tiffany bronze and leaded, stained-glass chandelier in the "October Night" pattern displays a quintessentially Art Nouveau botanical theme of red berries interspersed within an overall network of branches and leaves. Suspended from four chains, the shade is signed "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK." Ever since it was purchased in 1980 from Lillian Nassau (New York) – the world's foremost source and authority on Tiffany lamps – the chandelier has been the prized possession of a family in Texas. It comes to auction at Morphy's with a $75,000-$95,000 estimate.
Morphy's December 12, 2019 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time at the company's gallery in Denver, Pennsylvania. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live. Questions: call 877-968-8880 or email email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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