Geyer Family Collection of Tiffany Masterworks

A circa 1905 Tiffany Studios "Universal Swing" gimbaled candlestick in patinated bronze with bobeche and snuffer

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An early 20th century 'Bamboo' leaded glass and patinated bronze floor lamp by Tiffany Studios

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An early 20th century "Turtle-Back" favrile glass and patinated bronze desk lamp by Tiffany Studios

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A Tiffany Studios Favrile Fabrique shade desk lamp on a signed gilt bronze and abalone shell base

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Geyer Family Collection of Tiffany Masterworks

Over a span of 40 years, Burton and Paula Geyer have assembled one of the finest private collections of works by Tiffany Studios, with a special emphasis on museum-quality lamps and fancy goods. Starting in Brooklyn as schoolteachers, Mr. and Mrs. Geyer were enthusiastic collectors of Tiffany Studios works early on, often buying pieces on installment plans from top galleries. They learned from many of the pioneers of the Tiffany market, including Lillian Nassau, Gladys Koch, Beatrice Weiss and Simon Lieberman. Over the years, the Geyers slowly began assembling their impressive collection by combing auction houses, antique stores and galleries for the best of the best.

“After 40 years of passionately collecting works by Tiffany Studios, our journey has not yet ended, and we continue to curate and refine our collection. However, we have simply run out of room, and we are reluctantly parting with aspects of our collection so that the next generation of enthusiasts can enjoy these rare and beautiful works, rather than keeping them stored away in boxes,” says Mr. Burton Geyer.

Biographical note from Sotheby’s sales information for the auction, December 2012.


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