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Tiffany Studios New York "Chinese Geometric" Table Lamp

A Tiffany Studios New York glass and bronze "Chinese Geometric" table lamp, featuring a mottled orange, yellow, and green leaded glass shade atop an intricately sculpted patinated bronze base. The shade features a row of alternating rectangles and a scalloped border. The base is based on the Roman bronze tripods, used to hold cauldrons or braziers in the atriums of temples and villas. The tripod stands on feline-paw feet. Atop the central rod of each leg is an anthemion, a motif based on the petals of the honeysuckle flower. This is one of the few Tiffany lamps where the base and shade were exclusively shown together, making this as much a piece of illuminated sculpture as a functional lamp.

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Item #: L-21324
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 18" diameter, 35.5" height.
Materials: Leaded Glass, Patinated Bronze
Shade Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York”
Base Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York 6142”
Literature: Pictured in: "Tiffany at Auction", by Alastair Duncan, Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 1981. Page 87, plate 232. Also pictured in "Louis C. Tiffany's Glass-Bronzes-Lamps" by Robert Koch, A Complete Collector's Guide, More than 350 illustrations. Page 132, plate 210.

Tiffany took great inspiration from the tripod bronzes from Pompeii and Herculaneum, which he visited in his early 20s. Collected by the father of archaeology Johann Winckelmann, the braziers were well documented in folios collected by many an artistic cognoscente.