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Tiffany Studios New York “Flowering Water Lily” Table Lamp

This Tiffany Studios New York "Flowering Water Lily" leaded glass and bronze table lamp begins with joyous green pads, which serve as the base to the blooms that take center stage in this wonderful, watery composition are constructed of mottled glass with tints yellow and orange. Large, white blooms in white-pink are colored so as to appear almost velvety to the touch, while the background, due to being executed in ripple glass, truly captures the appearance of a deep, clear pond. A band of green mottled glass, interrupted by an occasional bud, rims the aperture. The entire composition sits on a specially made base that is striated with cattails and terminated in a pile of supporting lily pads that spread onto the surface on which it sits.

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Item #: YL-19578
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1910
Dimensions: 26" height, 21.5" diameter 
Materials: Leaded glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: "Tiffany Studios New York 1499-18"
Base Signed: "Tiffany Studios New York 8817"
Literature: Lamp base pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antiques Collectors’ Club Ltd., p. 98, cat . 392, base # 453; Lamp shade also on p. 150, cat. 627, shade # 1490; Lamp shade also pictured in The Lamps of Tiffany, by Dr. Egon Neustadt, New York: The Fairfield Press, 1970, p. 181, plate 146

This very rare shade reveals the designer’s clever use of perspective in the handling of the lily pads. While the artist’s forking angle foreshortens all those at the lower edge, turning them into ovals and ellipses, their true roundness is observed in the upper reaches of the shade. One, right off center, has an edge uplifted as if caught in a gust of wind.