Tiffany Studios “Saxifrage” Candlestick, ca. 1905

Value (2008) | $15,000 Auction$20,000 Auction

This was a gift to me from some friends. They bought it, I think, like ten or 15 years ago at a garage sale, and they have had it in their bathroom ever since, and whenever I visit them, I've always admired it, and they gave it to me as a gift, which was really exciting, and I just love it. I think it's beautiful and delicate. This is pretty remarkable.

And we can see from the bottom, it is made by Tiffany Studios in New York.

I saw that. I didn't know if it was, uh... real.

No, it is. There's a little applied plaque here with the Tiffany Studios New York mark. You can see as much on the base here as on the top. It has just a wonderful patination, the verdigris patination. Made out of bronze and probably dates from about 1905. Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios are really on the forefront of the Art Nouveau movement, and really is beautiful, elegant. I mean, it's a very organic form. The leaves are amazing in that each one is an individual leaf that emanates here from the base. So it's an incredible amount of work involved in that. It's not just sort of a, you know, a large cast base that has some detailing on it. But each piece is individual and unique.

So those are individually made and then soldered together?

Yeah. The stem is graceful and elegant. One of the things that attracted me the most is the decoration up in here, each of these is such a fine and delicate individual bronze wire there. It's beautiful. And then the top here, see where the candlestick comes in, cast with this great detail and design. Now, this is a particularly rare pattern. It's actually called a saxifrage pattern, something that just comes up very infrequently. At auction, if I were to estimate, one candlestick-- not a pair but just a single-- I would be looking probably in the $15,000 to $20,000 range. So... It was a very generous gift.

Oh, my God. I owe them a big dinner in Paris.

Big dinner, yes.

Wonderful. Woo-hoo! Well, those are great friends.

Appraisal Details

Skinner, Inc.
Boston, MA
Appraised value (2008)
$15,000 Auction$20,000 Auction
Palm Springs, CA (June 07, 2008)
20th Century

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