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Tiffany Studios New York "Damascene Harp" Desk Lamp

$27,500

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This desk lamp by Tiffany Studios, dating from circa 1910, features a damascene favrile glass shade on an adjustable patinated bronze harp base. With dichroic amber-golden and green tones, the subtly iridescent shade is suspended from an adjustable top joining slender, harp form arms raised on a base resembling a many-petalled bell or trumpet flower with muted red and green patination. This visually stimulating desk or table lamp provides a warm glow and, with its adjustable shade, useful directional light - a small and beautiful artifact of Louis Tiffany’s fruitful life spent exploring the phenomena of light and color. Product Details: Item #: L-20502 Artist: Tiffany Studios New York Country: United States Circa: 1910 Size: 10.00” diameter, 18.50” height Materials: Favrile Glass, Patinated Bronze Shade Signed: L.C.T. Base Signed: ''TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 569'' Literature: A similar base and shade are pictured separately in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988. Shade: p. 111, plate 459; base: p. 126, plate 532. Curator's Notes: As a born artist, Louis Tiffany’s love of color and light was innate, but his interest in controlling and diffusing light with glass developed during his career as an interior designer. By 1885, he had collaborated with Thomas Edison in the pioneering project of electrifying the Lyceum Theater’s footlights. By the first decade of the 1900s, according to Robert Koch, over 500 models of shades and bases had been developed, some of which were unique.

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Louis Comfort Tiffany

The name Tiffany prompts thoughts of two things: splendid gifts in robin’s-egg blue boxes and exquisite stained glass. Charles Lewis Tiffany founded the former, and his son, Louis Comfort Tiffany, is responsible for exemplars of the latter. Beyond glass, the younger Tiffany worked in mediums that ranged from furniture and enameling to ceramics and metalware. Louis Comfort Tiffany was undoubtedly the most influential and accomplished American decorative artist in the decades that spanned the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

By the time Tiffany was born, the stationery and “fancy goods” emporium his father had established 11 years before had grown to become the most fashionable jewelry and luxury items store in New York. Tiffany fils declined to join the family business and pursued a career as an artist. He studied painting with several teachers, notably the scenic painter Samuel Colman, while spending long periods touring Europe and North Africa. Though he painted his entire career, visits to continental churches sparked a passionate interest in stained glass. Tiffany began experimenting with the material and in 1875 opened a glass factory-cum-laboratory in Corona, Queens — the core of what eventually became Tiffany Studios, a multimedia decorative-arts manufactory.

Tiffany developed a method in which colors were blended together in the molten state. Recalling the Old English word fabrile, meaning “hand-wrought,” he named the blown glass Favrile, a term that signified handmade glass of unique quality. In his glass designs, Tiffany embraced the emerging Art Nouveau movement and its sinuous, naturalistic forms and motifs. The pieces won Tiffany international fame. (Siegfried Bing, the Paris entrepreneur whose design store, L’Art Nouveau, gave the stylistic movement its name, was the leading European importer of Tiffany pieces.) 

By 1902, along with glass, Tiffany was designing stained-glass lamps and chandeliers as well as enameled metal vases, boxes and bowls, and items such as desk sets and candlesticks. Today such pieces epitomize the rich aesthetics of their era. Tiffany Studios table lamps are the most recognizable and the most prized. They range in price from $60,000 to upward of $2 million for intricate shade designs like the Dragonfly. Tiffany glass vases and bowls are generally priced from $1,000 to $30,000 depending on size, color, condition and form. Simpler accessories such as metal trays and small picture frames can fetch from $800 to $3,000. Tiffany design of any type is an emblem of taste and craftsmanship. As you will see on 1stDibs, Louis Comfort Tiffany ensured that each piece he and his company produced, magnificent or modest, was a work of art.

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