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Press Release - April 23, 2021
Tiffany Lily Window to Shine at Heritage AuctionsLegendary artist helped stained glass windows evolve into popular artform
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The Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass Lily Window, among the top attractions offered in Heritage Auctions' Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Including Art Deco & Art Nouveau Auction on April 29, demonstrates Tiffany Studios' technical and artistic prowess at the height of its production and influence. Dated circa 1900 and measuring 52-1/2 inches high by 32-1/4 inches wide, the Lily window carries a pre-auction estimate of $100,000-150,000.
"Authentic Tiffany Studios windows are coveted pieces. Those without overt religious iconography are exceptionally rare, and don't appear at auction frequently," said Nick Dawes, Senior Vice President of Special Collections at Heritage Auctions. "Given the subject matter and considerable scale of this window, it would be an ideal fit for a private or museum collection."
The son of Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, Louis Comfort Tiffany began his career as a painter, traveling extensively throughout Europe, North America and even North Africa painting landscapes, genre scenes and portraits. By the mid-1870s, the younger Tiffany turned to glass in response to the Arts and Crafts movement that endeavored to dissolve the boundary between the fine and applied arts, the Aesthetic Movement that advocated for "art for art's sake," and the powerful religious zeal then sweeping the United States.
After several stints at Brooklyn glass studios, he founded Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists in1879 and later a series of firms — all bearing the Tiffany name — that concentrated first on glass and later delved into virtually every medium; leaded glass windows and lamps, glass objects, ceramics, mosaics, enamels, metalwares and jewelry. By late 1892 or early 1893, Tiffany had built his own glasshouse in Corona, Queens, where he and British-born glazier Arthur Nash experimented with glass ultimately branded Favrile, based on the Old English word fabrile meaning "handwrought." Favrile glass in a variety of types — opalescent, drapery, mottled, streamer, confetti, and more — adorned Tiffany Studios leaded windows and lamps through 1932, when Tiffany Studios ceased operations.
A compositional parallel can be drawn between the Lily window and the larger and more complex Field of Lilies window designed by Tiffany for the Chapel at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, later installed in Laurelton Hall circa 1916 and now held in the permanent collection of the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida.
The winning bidder will receive a prize ready for display; the window is offered along with a custom frame with light box and pedestal.
For images and information about all lots in the auction, visit HA.com/8040.Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.
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