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Tiffany Studios New York "Greek Key" Table Lamp


This "Greek Key" table lamp by Tiffany Studios New York is notable for the simple elegance of its design, but particularly exceptional for the striking quality of its color. This particular lamp's shade features a richness of hues rarely seen in a "geometric" shade, with orange and gold mottled glass ground with and a Greek key border in highly contrasting tones of light green, cyan and honey colored glass, the coloration of this lamp, when both on and off, is simply remarkable. The shade sits atop a decorated library base.


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Item #: YL-19956 
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York 
Circa: 1900 
Dimensions: 16" diameter, 22.5" height 
Materials: Bronze, Glass 
Shade Signed: ''Tiffany Studios New York 1 444''
Base Signed: ''Tiffany Studios New York 28618” with Tiffany “Key” monogram
Literature: Literature: Similar shade and base 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. 184, plate 724; base: p. 110, plate 450)

Color theory, which informs the modern color wheel, and the concept of "complementary colors," was discovered in the early 19th century. Around the turn of the 20th century, a new fascination with color theory emerged in the visual arts particularly. This beautiful shade is an excellent example of using complementary colors, in this case orange and green, to make each color truly pop.