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Table lamp

Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
ca. 1895–98
Made in New York, New York, United States
Leaded Favrile glass and patinated bronze
21 1/8 in. (53.7 cm) Body diameter: 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Chilton Jr., 2011
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
This lamp is among the earliest produced by Tiffany studios, made before Tiffany embarked on the predominantly floral leaded-glass lampshades for which the firm is known. Especially unusual is the use of blown Favrile glass for the oil font, as he had only begun experimenting with blown glass a few years earlier. Typical of his inventiveness, the lamp combines materials and exotic patterns (the bronze collar includes an Islamic-inspired design) to produce an object of exquisite richness. The paisley-shape glaze jewels that ornament the scroll feet are elements found in the decorative program Tiffany executed for Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer’s house in the early 1890s.
Inscription: oil font impressed 'TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK' with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. Monogram
Sotheby's (New York), March 3, 1997; Private Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; Christie's (New York), June 13, 2006; Private Collection, London; Sotheby's (New York), December 16, 2010.
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