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Tiffany Studios New York "Japanese" Lantern

This breathtaking Tiffany Studios New York Lantern was fashioned in the style of a Japanese silk illuminaire. Suspended from an elaborate bronze canopy, the coloring of the green glass segments is suggestive of watercolor, the streaky quality of the glass denoting the interlocking fibers of mulberry paper that would have been employed in the traditional artisanal manufacture of Japanese paper lamps. This lantern is emblematic of Tiffany’s ability to seamlessly marry the aesthetics of East and West; forging a distinctly American sense of design.

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Item #: L-20991
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 32" height, 15" width
Materials: Favrile Glass, Patinated Bronze
Literature: A. Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Suffolk, 2019, p. 268, no. 1032

Louis Comfort Tiffany was a part of the Imperial Society of Fine Arts in Tokyo; also known as the Ryuchi-kai. Created by the Meiji Emperor in 1897, the society was meant to promote Japanese Art in the West by inducting renowned American and European artists into its roster. As a part of his membership, Louis Comfort Tiffany made a Lotus table service for the Emperor. Henceforth Tiffany became an avid collector of Japanese Arms & Armor, Ceramics, Furniture, and Textiles.