|Armand Albert Rateau, Perpetual Calendar, Christie's New York, 17 December 2015, lot 213, Estimate $150,000-$250,000 (Image:AestheticusRex)|
|"Tiffany Studios" Armchair, Christie's New York, 18 December 2015, lot 336, Estimate $50,000-70,000 |
|Rembrandt Room within the Havemeyer Mansion, Fifth Avenue, New York|
(Image via Metmuseum.org)
|The Art Journal, 1901, p. 132|
|Georg Hulbe Armchair Detail (note the flatter orbs)|
The Christie's and Orsay examples visually relate to others offered at auction in the past decade (here, here, here, and here) and appear to be in-line with the period photograph attributing the model to Hulbe. The Musee d'Orsay has updated their online catalogue to vaguely note Georg Hulbe as the author (designer?) and Tiffany Studios as the maker of their chair. It is clear that more research needs to be done as countless scenarios are possible. The Havemeyer examples could be the work of Georg Hulbe sub-contracting for Tiffany Studios or they could merely be Tiffany Studios executing Hulbe's design (or vice-versa). It is also a reasonable hypothesis that examples of this armchair coming from old European collections may have precious little to do with Tiffany Studios whatsoever. Until then the jury is out. At the time of this posting Christie's has withdrawn the lot from their upcoming sale pending research.