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Magnolia floor lamp

Object Name: Lampshade
Date: designed ca. 1906-1910
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Medium: Leaded glass, bronze
Dimensions: Overall (height, diameter): 78 × 28 in. (198.1 × 71.1 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Leaded glass and bronze Magnolia lampshade; 28-inch diameter globe-shaped shade depicting magnolia blossoms in three repeats; border row of rectangles in rippled blue-green; blossoms light green with darker green and brown mottling; flowers in full bloom rendered in brownish-white drapery glass; background ranges from light mauve to deep purple, rendered in undulating glass; branches delineated in dark, striated brown. Shown with bronze Chased Pod floor lamp base (N84.108.2) and cap (N84.108.3).
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt. Conservation made possible with support from Lillian Nassau LLC
Object Number: N84.108.1
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Marks: stamped: on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1509"

Gallery Label:

Now sought after by collectors, Tiffany's magnolia shades are distinguished by the use of a ridged, highly textured glass called "drapery glass," which Tiffany usually restricted to his windows. The drapery glass conveys the fleshy texture of magnolia blossoms and gives the shade a rich surface quality.

Bibliography:

Pepall, Rosalind M., ed. Tiffany Glass: A Passion for Colour. N.p: n.p., n.d.

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

Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated ( Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc 2016), page 80-81.

Exhibitions:

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