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Tiffany Studios New York "Daffodil" Table Lamp


Dynamic in both composition and color, a shade of daffodils sits atop a charming ribbed base in this Tiffany Studios New York "Daffodil" table lamp. An arrangement of bright daffodils in hues of luminous yellow and stems of olive and emerald green are captured from every angle in this dimensional composition. Tiffany's glass selectors ingeniously lined up the large spots on a sheet of mottled glass with the center of the daffodil's trumpet, creating an illusion of three-dimensionality. Dancing on a ground that graduates from cerulean to streaky orange, yellow, and periwinkle glass. Tiffany’s streaky glass was meant to simulate the blurred appearance of a meadow in the distance. The blooms and the stalks that frame leap outward toward the viewer as the shade is illuminated.


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Item #: L-20542
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 15.875" diameter x 18.375" high.
Materials:  Favrile Glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: ''Tiffany Studios New York 1449''
Base Signed: ''Tiffany Studios New York 3602" with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company monogram
Literature: Similar shade and base are pictured separately in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1988. p. 130, plate 550; base: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988, p. 75, plate 289

Daffodils were the most abundant flower on Louis Comfort Tiffany's 600-acre estate. They were notably the only flowers that Tiffany's children and grandchildren could freely pick, as Tiffany had thousands growing wild on the grounds. Comfort Tiffany Gilder, one of Tiffany's twin daughters, revealed in her 1962 poem Daffodils that, "in the spring the children (her brother and sisters) would run to the daffodils. Stop first to gaze with rapture, then darting here and there ... slowly picking daffodils one by one."