Study for Poppy Shade

Louis C. Tiffany American
Probably designed by Clara Driscoll
Possibly made by Alice Gouvy American

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This full-scale watercolor study for sixteen-inch conical Poppy shade shows one full repeat of the design, which would appear a total of three times to form the complete shade. From this study, the "selectors," which, in the case of floral lamps, were women, would choose appropriately colored glass from a stock of several tons that Tiffany kept on hand. The luminous, translucent quality of the watercolor medium produces an effect very similar to that of light shining through glass.

Study for Poppy Shade, Louis C. Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York), Watercolor, graphite, black ink on paper, American

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