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Trumpet Creeper table lamp

Object Name: Lampshade
Date: designed ca. 1900-1906
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Medium: Leaded glass, bronze
Dimensions: Overall (height, diameter): 28 1/2 × 22 in. (72.4 × 55.9 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Leaded glass and bronze Trumpet Creeper table lampshade; 22-inch diameter globe-shaped shade with incurving border depicting bugle-shaped trumpet vine flowers in four design repeats; blossoms rendered in mottled orange, red and purple; stems of vine light green and foliage a variety of mottled greens; background of blue glass striated with purple. Crownlike embellishment consisting of 8 bronze flanges attached to aperture. Shown on bronze Mosaic and Turtleback tile base (N84.99.2); flared stem has 16 strips of mosaic inlay ranging in color from green to red; 8 red turtlebacks set into sides of central section above stem; 4 curved arms stretch outward to receive rim of shade.
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt; Adopt-a-Lamp sponsor: Louise Mirrer in honor of Pam Schafler, New-York Historical Society Board Chair
Object Number: N84.99.1
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Marks: stamped on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK" underside of base stamped with Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. logo and 2674

Gallery Label:

Decorators and homeowners concerned about the harshness of the recently invented electric lightbulb appreciated the soft, diffuse light from Tiffany lamps. This lamp contains a second light source within the base that illuminates the circle of eight tiles of iridescent pressed glass, called "turtlebacks" because of their distinctive shape.

Provenance:

Lillian Nassau Ltd., 1967

Bibliography:

Gray, Nina. "The work of Tiffany Studios." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 194-201.

Exhibitions:

"A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls," New-York Historical Society, February 23-May 28, 2007.

“The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated,” Gallery of Tiffany Lamps, New-York Historical Society, April 28, 2017–ongoing.