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Tiffany Studios New York "Dragonfly" Cone Chandelier

This exceptional example of the famed Tiffany Studios New York "Dragonfly" motif, in cone chandelier form, features such technically beautiful innovations as wire mesh wings, ripple glass along the border, and cabochon glass "gemstones" integrated seamlessly into the design. But beyond the inclusion of each of these special details, this particularly elegant chandelier offers a selection of leaded glass that demonstrates a subtle, nuanced, and delicate understanding of color. The dragonflies, composed of dark green glass bodies with variegated blue glass wings and red glass eyes, interplay amongst the many hues of amber and green—while the lines created in the color patterns create an atmospheric impression of an almost aquatic terrain. The piece is adjustable in height with a patinated bronze hanging chain, and delicately finished with a patinated bronze beaded top and bottom rim.

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  • Curator's Notes

Artist: Clara Driscoll for Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 28.75" diameter, 13" height (of shade, overall height adjustable), 61" length (as shown, with hanging chain)
Materials: Leaded glass, Bronze
Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York”
Literature: Similar chandeliers pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988, p. 230, plate 891-893

Though Louis Comfort Tiffany was long thought to be the sole innovative genius behind some of the firm's most renowned designs, such as the Dragonfly, we now know that a woman by the name of Clara Driscoll was the unaccredited creator of many of these most iconic motif designs, including this one. Designs by Clara Driscoll, who was the head of the Tiffany Studios Women's Glass-Cutting Department, are now rightly celebrated as among the most sophisticated and innovative of their kind.
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