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Tiffany Studios New York "Laburnum" Table Lamp

A Tiffany Studios New York "Laburnum" table lamp. The brain child of famed Tiffany designer Clara Driscoll, the shade of this remarkable lamp features a sky blue ground barely visible behind the lush bouquet of spotted lemon yellow, canary yellow, kelly green and mauve colored floral buds framed by spear shaped leaves in mottled, olive green glass. The vegetal forms hang from earthen hued vines that twist along the upper reaches of the shade. Importantly, the shade terminates in an irregular, undulating border, one of its distinguishing characteristics and a rare characteristic for a Tiffany lampshade. The shade sits on a gilt bronze "Tree Trunk" base>

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Item #: L-20847
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1915
Dimensions: 24.5" diameter x 39.25" height
Materials: Leaded Glass, Patinated Bronze
Shade Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 1537-1
Base Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 553
Literature: Dr. E. Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, pp. 190 (shade), 191 R. Koch, Louis C. Tiffany’s Glass, Bronzes, Lamps: A Complete Collector’s Guide, New York, 1971, pp. 196, no. 44; 201, no. 85 (shade) H. F. McKean, The Lost Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 1980, p. 201 (shade) A. Duncan, Tiffany at Auction, New York, 1981, pp. 100, no. 272 (shade); 102, no. 278 (base); 113, no. 304 (shade) A. Duncan and W. Feldstein, Jr., The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, New York, 1983, pp. 68-69 (shade) J. Baal-Teshuva, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Cologne, 2001, pp. 153 (base), 174-175 (shade), 322 (shade) J. Loring, Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co., New York, 2002, p. 210 (shade) A. Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Suffolk, 2004, pp. 282-283 (shade), 292 -293 (base) M. Eidelberg, A. C. Frelinghuysen, N. A. McClelland and L. Rachen, The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2005, pp. 107 and 110-112 (base), 113-116 (shade) M. Eidelberg, et. al., A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, London, 2007, p. 192, fig. 100 (shade) A. Duncan Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Suffolk, 2019, pp. 126, no. 488 (base); 184, no. 737-739 (shade); 238, no. 949 (shade) C. de la Bedoyere, Louis Comfort Tiffany Masterworks, London, 2020, pp. 70-71 (shade)

Although it is easy to celebrate the exciting particularities of each of Louis Comfort Tiffany's lamps, there is a true uniqueness to the "Laburnum" that should not be overlooked. This lamp is the only one in Tiffany's repertoire that was made with this exact shape; carefully executed to reflect the particular sumptuousness and subsequent heavy draping of the laburnum flower. Tiffany himself was a great lover of this flower, and cultivated them at Laurelton Hall. Its unique design is attributed to Clara Driscoll, the head of the Tiffany Studios Women's Glass Cutting Department.