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.
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: ca. 1891Medium: Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper-faced lightweight paper boardAccession: 67.654.405On view in:Not on view
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: ca. 1925–26Medium: Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and graphite on off-white wove paperAccession: 67.654.3On view in:Not on view
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: ca. 1915Medium: Watercolor, gouache, aluminum paint and bronze powder metallic ink on artist board with original shaped window matAccession: 67.654.12On view in:Not on view