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Tiffany Studios New York "Damascene" Favrile Glass Table Lamp


This Tiffany Studios New York "Damascene" Favrile glass domed table lamp features an alluring transparent coloration on its shade, with a combed "Dychroide" and double-iridized decoration. Though all "Damascene" shades by Louis Comfort Tiffany come replete with a nuanced mixture of greenish and amber hues, the intensity of the amber in this particular shade makes it noteworthy. The shade sits on a patinated bronze urn-shaped base, with three arms supporting the shade—a complex architecture that looks as if it could be comprised of branches, giving the impression of suspending the urn in air. The piece is finished with clawed foot accents on the bronze base.

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Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1905
Dimensions: 7" diameter (shade), 15" height (full lamp with base)
Materials: Favrile glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: “L.C.T Favrile”
Base Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York”; Oil Canister impressed "Tiffany Studios New York D228" with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. Monogram
Provenance: Property from the Geyer Collection
Literature: Similar base and shade are pictured separately in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988 (shade: p. 59, plate 209; base: p. 32, plate 89)

Of particular note is the complexity of the iridization in this lamp, which uses two distinct metallic oxides applied with two different techniques. Initially, a shell of transparent green glass was blown onto a core of opaque white glass core, forming the lamp's white interior and thin transparent green exterior. Subsequently, "Dychroide" glass was carefully trailed twenty-nine times around the form while it was still semi-molten, creating a final wave pattern.