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Tiffany Studios New York "Daffodil" Table Lamp

An arrangement of bright daffodils in luminous yellow and orange hues is captured from every angle in this dimensional composition. Dancing on a ground of streaky jade green, the blooms and the stalks that frame leap outward toward the viewer as the shade is illuminated. Tiffany used ripple glass to depict the stems and center of the bloom, elegantly rendering the dimpling of the petals. The lampshade rests upon an inverted mushroom base, inspired by both mushroom gills and the underside of an Amazon Water Lily. During the creation of the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851, designers drew inspiration from the Water Lily to understand how nature supports such weight, observing its six-foot diameter.

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Item #: L-19270
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1905
Dimensions: 14" diameter, 19" height.
Materials: Leaded Glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 1426-1
Base Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 337
Literature: Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, pp. 77 no. 256 (for the base)

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."