Object Name: "Venetian" desk lamp
Date: ca. 1900-1906
Medium: Gilt bronze, glass
Dimensions: Overall (height, diameter): 20 × 13 in. (50.8 × 33 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., New York
Description: Gilt bronze and leaded glass "Venetian" desk lampshade; shade made up of 3 horizontal and 16 vertical rows of mosaic motifs; first row of large ellipses, second row of squared cross and diamond design, third row of ovals with foliate design; glass colors include gold in the borders and background, and accents of bright blue, green, and red. Shown with gilt bronze base (N84.28.2) with openwork section at top; central octagonal column with foliate decoration, and stepped platform set with green jewels; and with cap (N84.28.3).
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt
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Object Number: N84.28.1
Marks: stamped: on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 515" stamped on underside of base: "TIFFANY STUDIOS / NEW YORK / 515"
Tiffany Studios offered this lamp as part of the Venetian Desk Set. Priced at $250, the lamp was one of twenty-four matched pieces. Each item was priced and sold individually, but a basic set usually consisted of blotter ends, inkstand, pen tray, paper rack, paper knife, rocker blotter, memo pad holder, stamp or utility box, and calendar. The lamp was discontinued by 1910.
Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated (Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2016), 41.