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Michaan's Auctions presents: Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Tiffany Studios Peacock Chandelier. Estimate: $250,000 / 300,000.
ALAMEDA, CA.- Michaan’s Auctions announced its third offering of spectacular Tiffany Studios treasures from Japan’s esteemed Garden Museum with additions from private collections. Approximately 95 lots of fine Tiffany masterworks and decorative arts will be featured. The sale will be held at 1:00 p.m. on April 12, 2014 in Michaan’s Auctions Alameda, California showroom, providing discriminating buyers from around the world another exclusive opportunity to bid on magnificent Tiffany pieces.

A Tiffany Peacock chandelier is an expected high point from the sale’s Garden Museum Collection lots ($250,000-300,000). The hanging shade features a repeating, allover design depicting tail feathers. The intense, saturated coloration of the glass remains one of the most striking characteristics of the piece, displaying gemlike shades of blue and green. The domed shade measures 26 inches in diameter and is suspended by an understated bronze fixture upon a chain. This Peacock chandelier model was doubly designed for use as a floor lamp shade.

A Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp illuminates the sale at an estimate of $250,000-350,000. This Garden Museum Collection highlight features a shade 22 inch diameter with a magnificent display of color. Deep crimson blossoms are surrounded by foliage and background petals of subtly varied hues, beautifully expressing the studios’ mastery of color. The shade is mounted upon a fancy reticulated Library base, culminating into one of the finest examples of this model sold in recent years.

Yet another special auction offering from the Garden Museum Collection is found in a circa 1910-1920 Tiffany Studios landscape window. The scene is composed as a lovely perspective view, with the landscape image centering a classic veranda setting. The depiction is enchantingly brought to life by a variety of lush plants and blooms, including a fountain spray adorned by flowering water lilies. The landscape window measures 30 1/4 inches in height by 58 inches in width and will be offered at an auction estimate of $250,000-300,000.

Additional pieces of great interest include exceedingly rare early Tiffany glass selections and Tiffany & Co. decorative objects. A Moorish style turtleback tile footed lamp features an elaborate supporting bronze and glass base. Also available is an Oriental Poppy window by the Tiffany Studios, as well as a Tiffany Studios mosaic panel depicting St. Andrew. For decades the St. Andrew panel was prominently displayed in Tiffany Studios New York showroom. An outstanding Tiffany lamp in the sale is found in an extremely rare enameled table lamp base with a 16 inch favrille glass shade. Over twelve additional Tiffany lamps will accompany these pieces in the sale, as well as three paintings rendered by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The auction collection continues with several Tiffany paperweight vases and two extremely fine enamel vases by Tiffany Studios. The auction will end with offerings of two spectacular Pate de Verre lamps by contemporary artist Steven Stelz.






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