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Tiffany Studios New York "Magnolia" Floor Lamp

This Tiffany Studios New York "Magnolia" patinated bronze and leaded glass floor lamp features a shade that is comprised of variously, diverse-shaped blossoms in an interwoven display of colors that blend from white and yellow to cream and pink with brown stems, all on a mottled glass ground ranging in color from light blue at the top to a medium-to-dark blue at the lower portion. The bottom of the shade is finished with a single border in a medium-to-dark cream and brown color that is in harmony with the rest of the composition. This multicolored shade rests atop a bronze senior floor base with a rich brown, red-brown, and green patina.

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Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1910
Dimensions: 75" height, 28" diameter 
Materials: Leaded glass, Patinated bronze
Shade Signed: "Tiffany Studios NY 1599"
Base Signed: "Tiffany Studios New York"
Provenance: Research indicated that Louis Comfort Tiffany apparently sold this "Magnolia" floor lamp to William Madison Wood of Andover, MA, who had also bought other pieces from the firm; Wood was one of the founders of the American Woolen Company
Literature: Exact lamp pictured in Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum, plate 37, 1991; Various examples of the magnolia lamp pictured in The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, by Dr. Egon Neustadt, 1970, p. 36; Shade model pictured in Tiffany at Auction, New York, 1981, by Alastair Duncan, pp. 72 and 104; Floor lamp also pictured in The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, by William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, New York, 1983, p. 100; Floor lamp also pictured in The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, by Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland and Lars Rachen New York, 2005, pp. 92-95
Exhibition History: Exact lamp displayed in "Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum, from January 12, 1991 to March 17, 1991, and subsequently to museums in Kobe, Nagoya, and Toyama

According to Martin Eidelberg, expert on Tiffany lamps, “Flowering magnolias adorned many of the domestic leaded glass windows that Tiffany Studios New York created at the turn of the century. Agnes Northrop, whose specialty was such floral subjects, had photographs of these blossoms and made quite beautiful watercolor renderings of them—images that helped her render these flowers and branches with accuracy and grace. Only later did the designers in the lamp department adapt this motif for lamps. This 28-inch domed Magnolia shade is the largest model that Tiffany Studios produced, and the naturally large magnolia blossoms are well-suited to the ample scale of this form. The model was introduced sometime after the fall 1906 Price List was issued, and before the fall 1910 edition appeared. Unlike so many other lamp designs, the Magnolia then remained in production until 1924. Its endurance is probably to be explained not only by the sheer splendor of the design, but also by the general usefulness of large floor lamps: the large, open dome supplies an ample source of practical illumination."