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"Tulip" lamp

Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Made in New York, New York, United States
Leaded Favrile glass and patinated bronze with a reticulated blown glass base
23 1/8 in. (58.7 cm) Body diameter: 14 in. (35.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Chilton Jr., 2011
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
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.
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