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Tiffany Studios New York "Counter Balance" Damascene Lamp


Aptly named, this Tiffany Studios New York “Counter-Balance” desk lamp is a study in elegance and equilibrium. A rotund bronze form of weighty proportions is cradled by two linear rods that support the orb from below before sweeping upward in a dramatic, tension filled arc from which a damascene shade is suspended. The shade itself balances two diametrically opposed elements, but in this instance they are color hues, not physical forms. The green and amber that are found in the striations of the glass are complementary, or perfectly opposite, colors on the color wheel. 

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Item #: L-20233
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1900
Country: United States 
Dimensions: 15.5” height, 8” shade diameter 
Materials: Favrile glass
Shade Signed: ''L.C.T. Favrile''
Base Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York 417”

The "Damascene" shade is comprised of so called "Dychroide" glass, an innovation by Arthur J. Nash, production manager at Tiffany Furnaces. It has the unique quality of appearing green in reflected light, and amber in transmitted light. This innovation gives a dynamic quality to Tiffany's lamps that have proven to be a true unification of form and function.