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Tiffany Studios New York "Twelve Light Lily" Gilt Bronze Floor Lamp

This exquisite Tiffany Studios New York "Twelve-light lily" floor lamp marks the combination of two of Tiffany's favorite floral motifs, the pond lily, and the morning glory. These shades take the form of morning glories. Inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, Tiffany made many watercolor paintings or morning glories, entranced by their polychromatic brilliance and trumpet-like shape. Tiffany took his lily table lamp to the Paris and Turin World's Fairs around the turn of the century, where the American lamp made waves in the French Art Nouveau movement. The floor lamp was a later variant that combined Tiffany’s twisted vine base with his pond lily base to create the illusion of a plant’s long tendrils. It is outfitted with shades of particular delicacy and iridescence that would have accommodated the faint light from the then newly-invented light bulbs.

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Item #: L-20838
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 10" diameter, 56" height
Materials: Favrile Glass, Gilt Bronze
Literature: Pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1988, p.219, plate #685. 

The morning glory, or asagao, was beloved by the Japanese as the commoner's flower. The asagao blooms at dawn before the sun rises, and consequently, asagao lovers have to rise early in order to appreciate the blossoms. Like the morning glory rises to the sun, so does this lamp come alive with the addition of light.