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Tiffany Studios New York Pair of Hanging Lanterns

Tiffany Studios' hanging lanterns fuse the old world charm of a 17th century European street light with the stately qualities of Greco-Roman design. Tiffany used a saturated verdigris of a Grecian bronze to offset vibrant panes of orange mottled glass. The heat cap references a dome supported by columns known as a Roman Rotunda. The rotunda influenced many aspects of Neoclassical design from the allegorical garden follies of 18th century Europe to the buildings of the National Mall.

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Item #: L-20990
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1905
Dimensions: 8" diameter, 24" height
Materials: Favrile Glass, Patinated Bronze
Literature: A. Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Suffolk, 2019, p. 326, no. 1309

Typical of English and French landscape design, garden follies began popping up on the sprawling grounds of the most regal estates in the 18th century. The buildings, often served as nothing more than an eye-catching focal point for the gardens, showcasing a landowner's wealth with their intricate designs and imposing state. They were often allegorical in nature with names such as Temples of Love, Fame, Music, etc.