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Tiffany Studios New York "Dogwood" Table Lamp

The shade of this Tiffany Studios New York "Dogwood" leaded glass table lamp features a bouquet of white dogwood blossoms with touches of green and cherry. Tiffany set the blooms against a streaky mauve, green, and ultramarine ground. Each blossom in the shade is unbelievably modeled and shaded, so as to mimic the natural, slight darkening of hue found in the petal of dogwood blossoms, as the lamp is punctuated by two rows of yellow-green geometric glass brick tiles. The shade sits atop an architectural patinated bronze ribbed base.

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Item #: L-20316
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1900s
Dimensions: 18" diameter (shade), 24.5" height (full lamp with base)
Materials: Leaded glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York”
Base Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York 370”
Provenance: From a Tigard, OR collection.
Literature: Pictured in Alistair Duncan's - Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, p. 146, fig. 610. Base is pictured in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2,000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2007, p. 161, plate 664

The dogwood was a well-recorded favorite of Louis Comfort Tiffany, who believed that the white flowers "reliably brighten things." The symbolic tradition of these bright, white flowers is quite rich; in Victorian times, dogwood flowers were given to young women by doting young men as a symbol of his affection. If the dogwood flower was kept it was a widely understood sign of mutual interest, however, if it was returned, it was the surest symbol of unrequited love.