Floral motifs dominate some of the most evocative nature-inspired lampshades produced by Tiffany Studios. The tulip was a popular subject, and this model displays some of the richest colorations of glass, varying from rich pink to deep red to brilliant purple. The base—an essential component of a Tiffany lamp—was produced in another division and often designed for a particular shade. This base was created by blowing opaque green glass through the bronze tracery. The bulbous stem rests atop four foliate leaves among ripples of water, further evoking the nature-inspired motif.
Barry Toombs collection; Sotheyby Parke Bernet (New York), March 24, 1984, lot 115; Private collection; Sotheby's (New York, December 2, 1989, Lot 889; Private collection, California; Christie's (New York), December 10, 1994, lot 583; Private collection, New York.