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Tiffany Studios New York "Damascene Counter-Balance" Floor Lamp


This Tiffany Studios New York Favrile glass and patinated bronze floor lamp, featuring a shimmering twisted green and amber "Damascene" glass shade suspended from a patinated bronze "Counter-Balance" floor base. The "Counter-Balance" base is just that; an elegant architectural feat in which it appears that the beautiful, delicate "Damascene" shade is countered perfectly by the resolute bronze globe at the base of the lamp arm that counters the weight of the swan arm and shade.

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Item #: L-19748
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1900-1910
Dimensions: 56" height, 12" diameter
Materials: Favrile glass, Patinated bronze
Shade Signed: "L.C.T."
Base Signed: "Tiffany Studios New York 468"
Literature: Similar base and shade pictured separately in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988, p. 211, plate 827 (shade) and p. 211, plate 825 (base)

This “Damascene” floor lamp is of a lead composition with a transparent green, “Dychroide” glass and iridized glass combed decoration. This particular variety of "Dychroide" glass, an innovation by Arthur J. Nash, production manager at the Tiffany Furnaces, has the unique quality of appearing green in reflected light and amber in transmitted light. This innovation gives a dynamic quality to Tiffany’s lamps that proved to be a true unification of form and function. When lit, the amber of the “Dychroide” glass causes the green to perceptually vibrate, further amplifying the effect of radiation in the lamp.