Dragonfly table lamp
Object Name: Lampshade
Date: ca. 1900-1906
Medium: Glass, bronze
Dimensions: Overall (height, diameter): 22 1/2 × 16 3/4 in. (57.2 × 42.5 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., New York
Description: Leaded glass and bronze "Dragonfly" table lampshade; 16" diameter cone-shaped shade with seven dragonflies repeated around circumference of shade; dragonfly bodies are dark red, wings yellow-green, and eyes green; wings are covered with metal filigree; heavily textured background glass is dark red, becoming greenish in upper third; oval red and green "jewels" used in upper third of shade. Shown on "Spun Oval" bronze table lamp base with glass three-leaf turtleback tiles (N84.52.2) and with cap (N84.52.3).
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt
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Object Number: N84.52.1
Marks: stamped on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK" stamped on underside of base: [Tiffany Studios logo in circle] and "TIFFANY STUDIOS / NEW YORK"
Clara Driscoll designed the Dragonfly shade, one of Tiffany Studios' most popular models, around 1899. Tiffany employed many skilled women, who were responsible for some of his most successful shade designs. Driscoll began as a Tiffany designer in 1887, and by 1904 she was among the highest-paid women in the United States. The base is the Spun Oval, designed ca. 1900-1906.
Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated (Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2016), 54.
"A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls," New-York Historical Society, February 23-May 28, 2007.