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Tiffany Studios New York "Double Poinsettia" Table Lamp

A stunning study in perspective and a charming example of the multifaceted capabilities of Louis Comfort Tiffany's team of designers, the leaded glass shade and bronze base of this "Double Poinsettia" table lamp from Tiffany Studios New York offers an enchanting marriage of plentiful motifs and delicate details. The luscious red bouquets of poinsettia blooms featured in the lamp's shade are architecturally oriented by three bands of mottled yellow glass, framed by richly colored and sensitively rendered mottled green leaves. A sense of abundance is conveyed as the poinsettia blooms spill over the brightly colored bands that divide the composition, capturing the beauty of a bountiful spring. The shade sits atop a patinated bronze a telescoping reticulated "Queen Anne's Lace" base.

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Item #: L-19982 
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York 
Country: United States
Circa: 1900 
Dimensions: 29.25" height, 22.5" diameter 
Materials: Leaded glass, Bronze 
Signed: "Tiffany Studios New York 1551" 
Literature: Similar lamp shade pictured in The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, by Dr. Egon Neustadt, New York, 1970, p. 146; Similar lamp shade also pictured in The Lamps of Tiffany Studios, by William Feldstein, Jr. and Alastair Duncan, New York, 1983, p. 127; Similar lamp shade also pictured in Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 283; Similar lamp shade also pictured in The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, by Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy A. McClelland, and Lars Rachen, New York, 2005, p. 153; Similar lamp shade also pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, pp. 75 and 172

Poinsettias, like many flowers, are considered symbols and bearers of good luck, but unlike other blooms, they are said to only provide such services only if carefully tended to and taken care of. We can see why, then, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his designers—notably, the team in the Women's Glass Cutting Department, who often worked on floral shades that were as complex as this one is—took such extraordinary care with the design of this shade, capturing the flower not only with accuracy, but with a sensitivity to its magic.
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