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Tiffany Studios New York "Lotus Bell" Desk Lamp

This Tiffany Studios New York glass and bronze “Lotus Bell” table lamp, features a mottled jade green and cream-white leaded glass shade, suspended from a patinated bronze ribbed “Harp” base. The shade bears elaborate veining that required much precision from Tiffany’s glass cutters. For the structure, Tiffany was inspired by the Amazon Water Lily (Victoria amazonica). The plant had recently come to the collection of the New York Botanical Garden, of which Tiffany was a board member. The plant was seen as a prime example of sacred geometry in nature, an example of god’s perfection, and a curiosity for its exotic origins.

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Item #: L-21328
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 20.5" height, 15.5" diameter
Materials: Leaded glass, Patinated bronze
Base Signed: ''Tiffany Studios New York 6874''
Literature: Similar desk lamp is pictured in Tiffany at Auction, by Alastair Duncan, p. 112, #303; also pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, p. 88, plate #422

The lily, with ribbed under surface and leaves veining "like transverse girders and supports", was Paxton's inspiration for the Crystal Palace (1851), a building four times the size of St. Peter's in Rome.