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Tiffany Studios New York "Damascene Counter Balance" Floor Lamp


This Tiffany Studios “Counter Balance” floor lamp features a green and gold iridescent damascene shade, which may be raised or lowered, and five-footed patinated bronze base. The green and gold damascene domed shade, with an upper band of iridescence, is surmounted by a lili-form heat cap, and suspended from a double arched arm terminating in an orb within a foliate cradle, balanced on an adjustable hinge, and raised on a shaped baluster ending in five legs with leaf-form feet. The versatile lamp can be usefully adjusted to provide directional light, while its graceful form, combined with iridescent and dichroic phenomena, intrigue and delight the eye.

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Item #: L-20421
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Size: 10.00” diameter, 54.50” height
Materials:  Favrile Glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: "L.C.T."
Base Signed: ''Tiffany Studios New York 468''
Literature: A similar lamp is pictured in The Lamps of Tiffany, by Dr. Egon Neustadt, New York: The Fairfield Press, 1970, p. 34, plate 28 (“Bridge lamp with Balance”), and a similar base and shade are pictured separately in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988. Shade: p. 211, plate 827; base, p. 211, plate 825.

Tiffany Studios’ celebrated accomplishments in the art of lighting fixtures and glass were overlooked during WWII and the recovery years. However, since the 1970s, intensive research and study have documented the achievements of Studio artisans led by Louis Tiffany, who relentlessly worked and innovated. To create “dychroide” (dichroic) and “iridized” (iridescent) effects, artisans blew multiple layers of glass into each other, trailing iridized color through the form, which helped create the dichroic effect in reflected versus transmitted light. Additonally, metallic oxide threads could be marvered onto and combed through the glass, creating a second, separate set of iridescent effects, carefully preserving the wave pattern while adding a high luster to the glass.