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


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.