Tiffany Studios New York "Laburnum" Chandelier
This Tiffany Studios New York "Laburnum" chandelier is a much-celebrated piece that features a simple but multihued, multifaceted, and expertly applied color palette that allows each compositional element of the piece to play its own wonderful part. The richly brown tangle of branches that begin at the apex of the shade brings the eye downward through a resolute and deeply hued blue background, accented by variously colored green leaves, before reaching the wonderfully yellow laburnum bloom. Perhaps the most visually interesting aspect of the shade is its unique border, which ripples and undulates, following the outline of the bunches of blooms of the laburnum flower.
- Product Details
- Curator's Notes
Item #: L-20931
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Dimensions: 21.5" diameter, 43" height (with chain)
Materials: Leaded Glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 1539
Literature: A similar shade is pictured in: The Lamps of Tiffany, by Dr. Egon Neustadt, New York: The Fairfield Press, 1970, p. 189, plate 261.
Although it is easy to celebrate the exciting particularities of each of Louis Comfort Tiffany's lamps, there is a true sense of uniqueness to the "Laburnum" that should not be overlooked. This lamp is the only one in Tiffany's repertoire that was made with this exact shape; carefully executed to reflect the particular sumptuousness and subsequent heavy draping of the laburnum flower. Tiffany himself was a great lover of this flower, and cultivated them at Laurelton Hall. Its unique design is attributed to Clara Driscoll, the head of the Tiffany Studios Women's Glass Cutting Department.