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Lamp

Designer:
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
1904–15
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Leaded Favrile glass and bronze
Dimensions:
Base: H. 26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm); Diam. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm) Shade: H. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Grant, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.214.15a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
This water-lily table lamp is one of Tiffany's most successfully executed designs for his firm's well-known leaded-glass products. The overall organic character of the lamp is emphasized throughout the piece in its details. The bronze support replicates broad, flat lily pads clustered around a base, out of which rise attenuated climbing stems that disappear into the shade and reemerge in glass at the crown, drawing the eye to the cascading blossoms of the irregular border. A variety of glass was used to great advantage, as seen in the alternation of the pink opalescent stems with those of translucent rippled blue, giving the appearance of a bog where water lilies might be found.
Hugh J. Grant, New York, until 1974.
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