Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. "Bone" Candlestick

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. "Bone" Candlestick

Troy Seidman
Nov 23, 2010

Elsa Peretti's jewelry is well-known and a celebrity favorite. While her home accessories are less high-profile, they are cherished and sought-after. Is the "Bone" candlestick is a successful Peretti/Tiffany icon?

For nearly 40 years Elsa Peretti has been designing objects and jewelry for a host of high-end companies including Oscar de la Renta and Halston. Since 1974, she has designed exclusively for Tiffany & Co. Many of Tiffany's most iconic and enduring pieces, notably the "Open Heart" collection, have been designed by Peretti. (And yes, that is Peretti in one of Helmut Newton's photos from the 70's. Zaha Hadid she is not)

Vintage Perretti are rare and do not appear frequently on the secondary market. We can deduce that many of the home accessories sold are intended for weddings and other milestones and therefore stay in credenzas and china cabinets as cherished heirlooms.

Peretti's "Bone" candlestick is still available from Tiffany in sterling silver ($3,700 each) and crystal ($450 for a pair). Earlier vintage versions of the design are available from New York's Lost City Arts ($900 for a pair of glazed terracotta), Caviar20.com ($425 for a pair of cobalt crystal) and on Ebay ($275 for a single matte black terracotta). While a friend remarked that the design resembles a pre-historic sex toy, I personally think Peretti's candlesticks are one of the best examples of the form created during the 20th century; sinuous, elegant and timeless. They also happen to be in the collection of the British Museum.

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