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Tiffany Glass and Bronze "Dragonfly" Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York "Dragonfly" glass and bronze chandelier. This elegant chandelier is composed of a choice selection of glass, which makes this an exceptional example of Tiffany''s iconic dragonfly lamp. The dragonflies are composed of dark green glass bodies, variegated blue glass wings and red glass eyes. The cabochon glass jewels that surround this chandelier depict emeralds, sapphires and topaz. The two top and three bottom borders are made up of various colors of rippled glass. This exciting glass composition rests upon a ground of green, green/blue and brown glass. While Tiffany was largely credited for his company''s glass innovations during his lifetime, recent archival research has shed light on the unsung heroes behind his genius. Two such figures were responsible for the astounding effects of this dragonfly lamp: Tiffany had gone through four chemists before he landed on Arthur J Nash, a chemist previously employed at the White House Glass Works in Stourbridge. England. It was Nash''s formulas, developed from before his employment at Tiffany, that became the core of Tiffany''s palette. Nash was no stranger to experimentation, adding unconventional materials such as birch bark and burnt oats to create his amber glass. Clara Driscoll, head of the Tiffany Studios Women''s Glass Cutting Department, designed the dragonfly lamp, earning much acclaim for h ... er artistic prowess in her time. (For more information on her work see "A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls," by Martine Eidelberg, Nina Gray, and Margaret K. Hofer, 2007.) Louis Comfort Tiffany''s "Dragonfly" lamps have become so iconic and loved because the artisans who made them were not limited in color as they were when making floral and geometric shades. We can imagine that the dragonflies that adorn the lower edge of the shade are flying low across a verdant field. Similar chandeliers are pictured in: "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 230, plate 891-893.

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Tiffany Glass and Bronze 'Dragonfly' Chandelier

"Geometric Brick" Tiffany Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York "Geometric" leaded glass and bronze chandelier. The green- and sunset-hued mottled glass shade features a geometric "brick" pattern. The shade hangs from a patinated bronze suspension. A similar hanging shade is pictured in: Alastair Duncan, "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models," Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club Ltd., 2007, p. 310, plate 1244.

'Geometric Brick' Tiffany Chandelier

"Geometric Brick" Tiffany Chandelier

A Tiffany Studios New York leaded glass and bronze "Geometric" chandelier. The glass shade features a geometric "brick" pattern and is decorated in hues of green, flame orange and amber mottled glass. The shade hangs from a patinated bronze suspension. A similar hanging shade is pictured in: Alastair Duncan, "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models," Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club Ltd., 2007, p. 310, plate 1244.

'Geometric Brick' Tiffany Chandelier

"Venetian" Tiffany Lamp

A Tiffany Studios New York "Venetian" glass and bronze desk lamp with geometric and floral motif in gold, blue, red, and green hues. The lamp features three rows of graduated medallions framed in deep golden colored glass. The bottom row has green stylized trees with red accents on a blue ground. The middle row has golden and green geometric designs on a blue ground. The top row has green stylized leaves, also on a blue ground. The shade sits on a gilt bronze base decorated with open scrolling work, dark green glass cabochons and a series of small animals on the lower edge. All of the leading on the shade has gilt patina matching the gilt patina on the base. An interesting fact about this lamp is that Venetian lamps, when first offered for sale, had a list price of $250, while the Wisteria lamps were priced at $400, giving an indication of the importance of this design style. This was stated in the J. Walter Thompson price list of 1906. Circa 1900 A similar lamp is pictured in: "The Lamps of Tiffany," by Dr. Egon Neustadt, New York: The Fairfield Press, 1970 p.72, plate 104. "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 102, plate 403.

'Venetian' Tiffany Lamp

"Jonquil-Daffodil" Tiffany Lamp

A Tiffany Studios New York gilt bronze and Favrile glass "Jonquil-Daffodil" lamp featuring a dome-shaped shade divided into an upper section comprising sixteen downturned trumpet narcissi blossoms in mottled yellow and creamy white colored glass surrounded by mottled blue and green colored stems against a mottled blue, green and blue geometric band.The lower section is decorated with three undulating rows comprising forty-eight daffodil blossoms, with opalescent and creamy white colored petals and yellow orange centers, continuing to a mottled green and blue geometric border. The shade rests upon a gilt bronze "Twisted Vine" base. Pictured in "The Lamps of Tiffany" by Egon Neustadt, page 143. A similar base is pictured in: "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988. base: p. 94, plates 373-374.

'Jonquil-Daffodil' Tiffany Lamp

Tiffany Studios "Arrowhead" Jardinere

A Tiffany Studios New York patinated bronze "Arrowhead" jardiniere with favrile mosaic glass and a copper interior. The beautifully striated blue and green glass mosaic arranged in stark geometric patterning is elegantly juxtaposed in this stunning piece by the flowing natural forms executed in bronze. A similar jardinere is pictured in: "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models," by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1988, p. 396, plate 1608.

Tiffany Studios 'Arrowhead' Jardinere

"Geometric" Tiffany Lamp

A Tiffany Studios New York glass and bronze "Geometric" table lamp, featuring a mottled orange, yellow and green leaded glass shade atop an intricately sculpted patinated bronze base. This is one of the few Tiffany lamps where the base and shade were exclusively shown together, making this as much a piece of illuminated sculpture as a functional lamp. Pictured in: "Tiffany at Auction", by Alastair Duncan, Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 1981. Page 87, plate 232.

'Geometric' Tiffany Lamp

"Dragonfly" Tiffany Lamp

A Tiffany Studios New York leaded glass and patinated bronze "Dragonfly" table lamp. This shade features six dragonflies with green bodies and green-hued wings against a green and yellow ground that fades into the green-hued top. Each dragonfly is adorned with amber-colored glass eyes. The scene is contained in a lower border of yellow-orange-hued mottled glass. The shade sits atop a scroll base comprised of gilt bronze scroll embellishments circling the foot of the base. Louis Comfort Tiffany''s "Dragonfly" lamps have become so iconic and loved because the artisans who made them were not limited in color as they were when making floral and geometric shades. Here we see the background fading from a bright green-blue to a yellow-green, and we can imagine that the dragonflies who adorn the lower edge of the shade are flying low across a verdant field. Note: "A Dragonfly lamp was one of Tiffany''s first recorded lampshades, having been shown at the Grafton Galleries in London in 1899. This closely related model presented here was introduced the following year at the 1900 Paris World''s Fair. Equally important, here we know the name of the lamp''s designer: Clara Driscoll. Louis C. Tiffany made it a point to suppress all mention of the names of his company''s workers but, in this instance, the information regarding authorship came from an article about Driscoll and thus bypa ... ssed Tiffany''s censorship. It (the shade) was cited on the 1913 Price List, and it remained in production for yet another decade, with some eleven examples being made between 1921 and 1924." From "The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany," Eidelberg, Frelinghuysen, McClelland, and Rachen, Thames & Hudson, 2005, pp. 186-88.

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'Dragonfly' Tiffany Lamp