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Tiffany Studios New York "Nautilus" Table Lamp With "Mermaid" Base


Featured on this Tiffany Studios New York "Nautilus" table lamp is an exceptional example of Louis Comfort Tiffany's highly-collectible and specially-patented shell designs. The curvilinear mottled glass "Nautilus" shell-shaped shade is made up of individual glass tiles that graduate in color from green to pale yellow as they reach their peak of breadth. The leaded glass shell sits atop a patinated bronze "Mermaid" base that was designed by the famed American sculptor, Louis A. Gudebrod for Tiffany Studios New York.

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Item #: L-19790
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 16" height, 5" width, 9" depth (full lamp with base)
Materials: Leaded glass; Bronze
Base Signed: "Gudebrod 23577” and Tiffany Studios New York with "Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. Monogram 23577"
Literature: Similar lamp pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988, p. 86, plate 335

Louis Comfort Tiffany's glass interpretation of the "Nautilus" shell design was first displayed at the Paris Exposition Universelle 1900, where he was displaying the best lamps that he had to offer. By bringing this intricate and difficult-to-make model to the World's Fair, Tiffany was showing the international design world just how well-made and beautiful a Tiffany Studios New York lamp could be.