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Plain Squares, Turtleback Band table lamp

Object Name: Lampshade
Date: designed ca. 1900-1906
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Medium: Leaded glass, bronze
Dimensions: Overall (height, diameter): 22 × 16 in. (55.9 × 40.6 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Curved glass Plain Squares, Turtleback Band shade, composed of geometric arrangement of mottled green glass with band of 20 green iridescent turtlebacks which circle the shade. Shown with Four Feet table lamp base with squared stem and circular platform (N84.66.2) and with cap (N84.17.3).
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt
Object Number: N84.17.1
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Marks: stamped: on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1434"

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"Turtlebacks" are irregularly shaped tiles of pressed iridescent glass. Jimmy Stewart, a Tiffany Studios glass blower from 1895 to 1928, operated the tile presses, turning out 200 turtlebacks an hour on a good day. This shade, referred to as "16" Plain squares, Turtle Back Band, dome" listed for $50 in 1906.


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