ca. 1898-1900
Decorative Arts
Lighting Devices
Favrile glass, enamel, brass, gilding
New York, New York, United States
Overall (base): 40 1/2 × 13 in. (102.87 × 33.02 cm)
Around 1898 Charles Winthrop Gould, a prominent lawyer, art collector, and trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, asked Louis Comfort Tiffany to create the interior decoration for his house. A peacock motif was a central theme of the decoration and inspired this monumental lamp. The body is favrile-or hand-blown-glass with a peacock-feather pattern. The shade of the lamp is a favrile glass globe featuring a swirling pattern. Three enameled-brass peacock heads support the glass globe. The foot of the lamp is enameled brass with a ring of glass scarabs. Additional scarabs surround the birds’ necks.
Globe inscribed inside rim: M3460
Gift of the Sydney and Frances Lewis Foundation
"The Art Work of Louis Comfort Tiffany," Tiffany Studios, NY, Feb. 1916 (see email and photo from Robert Doros in Curatorial File);

The Louis C. Tiffany Foundation, Laurelton Hall;

Dayton Art Institute, Ohio, Mueum exhibition, Oct 21 - Nov 20, 1966;

Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Laurelton Hall Years, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, NY, 1986;

Shifman, Barry. Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco: Selections from the Sydney and Frances Lewis Decorative Arts Galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2015. p. 40-1.

O’Leary, Elizabeth L., Sylvia Yount, Susan Jensen Rawles, and David Park Curry. American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Charlottesville: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the University of Virginia Press, 2010. (Fig. 166, p. 285);

The Art Work of Louis C. Tiffany, Doubleday, NY, 1914, opp. p. 34;

The Objects of Art of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Parke Bernet Galleries, NY, Spet. 24-28. 1946, front cover and lot 288;

Gertrude Speenburg, The Arts of the Tiffany, Lightner Publishing Co, 1956, pp. 69-70;

Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: Rebel in Glass, Crown Publishers, NY, 1964, pp. 187, 206;

The Dynasty of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Henry Winter, Boston, pp. 242-243;

Review of the Season, Christie's Yearbook, Studio Vista, London, 1979, p. 359;

Alastair Duncan, Tiffany at Auction, Rizzoli, NY, 1981, pp. 117, 266, nos. 316, 815;

Lita Solis-Cohen, "Tiffany Lamp for $77,000," Philadelphia Enquirer, Dec 17. 1978, p. 16;

Alastair Duncan et al, Masterworks of Lous Comfort Tiffany, Harry N. Abrams, NY, 1989, pp. 10, 153, no. 6;

Janet Zapata, The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Thames and Hudson, 1994, p. 56;

William Feldstein and Alastair Duncan, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, Harry N. Abrams, NY, 1983, pp. 76-77;

John Loring, Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co., Harry N. Abrams, NY, 2002, pp. 105-106;

Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Laurelton Hall Years, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, NY, 1986, p. 48, pl. 1;

Welt am Sonntag, June 3, 1990;

Martin Eidelberg et al, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Vendome Press, NY, 2005, fig. 26;

Martin Eidelberg, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Thames & Hudson, 2005, pp. 23-24, fig. 26;

Laure Meyer, "Tiffany piege la lumiere," L'Oeil, Mar/April 1996, no. 479, p. 85;

Tessa Paul, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Exter Books, NY, 1987, p. 92;

Louis C. Tiffany. The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Schiffer Publishing Co,, PA, 2001, pp. 79, 117;

Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalwork, Antique Collectors' Club, , Suffolk, 2007, p. 37, fig. 124;

Alastair Duncan, Lous C. Tiffany. The Garden Museum Collection, Antique Collectors' Club, Suffolk, 2004, pp. 382-383;

Rosalind M. Pepall, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Couleurs et lumiere, Montreal, 2009, p. 169;

Barry Shifman, "A Renaissance in Richmond," Style 1900, Summer 2010, p. 51;

Barry Shifman, "Decorative Splendour," Apollo, May 2010, p.49, fig. 5;

(See Curatorial File for additional ctations)

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